Euphonium and Baritones
Hannah started to play cornet when she was 8 where she progressed up to grade 4, achieving distinction in her exam aged 10. In early 2014 she got braces and was forced to adopt a Euphonium. Since then she has gone from strength to strength, achieving principal euphonium in the community band within the first couple of months. Hannah joined Granite City Brass on Second Baritone in May 2015, and quickly progressed to her life’s ambition of Second Euphonium.
Hannah is enjoying sitting under her former teacher, Lewis Catto who helped get Hannah to a level where she could attend Aberdeen City Music School for a short period.
Inspired by his family’s history of brass players in the Salvation Army, Lewis began to play Euphonium at the age of 9. Throughout his playing career he has studied under Bruce Wallace, Karen Cooper, the Late David James, his Grandfather – Clark Wallace and Richard Kidd
The biggest boost in his playing foundation came from tuition he received from his Grandfather, who has performed in the band in various seats, including Flugel Horn, Solo Eb Horn and Baritone. Under his guidance, Lewis gained further insight into the role of his instrument and learned to play more expressively.
Lewis’ initial first-hand experience of Granite City Brass occurred when he joined the Granite City Community band, initially in 2002 under Paul Crozier, and then latterly under Angela Simpson.
Lewis Joined the Granite City Brass Contesting band in 2008 on 2nd Baritone and has sat in every seat in the Section. Lewis has also won an award for being the best instrumentalist in the band’s winning performance of ‘Cry of the Mountain’ in the first section of the Scottish Championships.
Lewis studied two years of music teaching at Aberdeen College, receiving distinction in DipLCM and ALCM, and now teaches brass in his spare time. Lewis also plays guitar and sings.
In 2011, Lewis entered the Northern Counties Solo competition (Open Class) for the first time, and won playing Denzil Stephen’s arrangement of Myfanwy
Originally from Newport in South Wales, James started playing the tenor horn aged 8 before he moved onto the baritone a couple of years later, staying there ever since.
James first played for hometown band Newport Borough before joining the City of Bristol band whilst at university, and has played for the Gwent Youth Brass Band and the National Youth Brass Band of Wales. James also played in various wind orchestras and brass ensembles when he was a student and had more time on his hands!
After university James made the long trek up to northern Scotland in 2009 to start working in Elgin, before moving to Aberdeen 3 years later. Coming back after taking a break from playing, he joined Granite City Brass in August 2013.
Music was high on the agenda when Janice was growing up with her dad being a music teacher and her mum singing in various choirs. She began playing piano and progressed to brass at the age of 12, starting on the Baritone then moving to Euphonium. Playing as part of the school brass band, concert band and Aberdeen Music school junior and senior bands. She then joined Bon-Accord Silver ‘B’ Band and competed with them all over the country, until taking a break to bring up her children. The break ended up being over 20 years. Playing again was a bit like riding a bike but there is always room for improvement and she is still working on it!