Meet our tutors
Chris is the lead tutor and founder of South West Brass and has been teaching in the region for the last 10 years. He began playing the Trombone at the age of 10 and music soon became his passion, opting to read music at Cardiff University - graduating with honours in 2007. In 2009 Chris also became a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music. Alongside teaching, Chris conducts the SW Comms Band and plays with successful soul band - Joey the Lips.
Nicky joined us in 2018 and brings with her a wealth of experience. Her playing background lies in brass bands, as does her teaching experience. At just 16 years old she became principal cornet of the Saltash Town Band, a position she held for 10 years (and counting!). Nicky began tutoring back in 2011 when she helped set up the Saltash Junior Band and subsequently decided to pursue a career in music tutoring. She is passionate about her job and always makes a great connection with her pupils. Having 3 brass-playing children of her own, she knows very well the joy and benefits such a hobby can bring to young people.
Lee comes from a Brass Band family and joined the Army as a cornet player at the age of 16 having learned to play at school and with the Salvation Army in Plymouth. After 20 years of music making all over the world he was appointed to The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, where he was involved in training young musicians and auditioning those who wished to join. He was one of the instrumental figures in forming The Army Brass Band and helped to run this group for 5 years before retirement from the army in 2012 to set up his own company in Plymouth. As well as his experience with The Army Brass Band, Lee has been one of the senior cornet players with several Championship Brass Bands including Desford Colliery where he can chalk up appearances at many contests including the National Championships and The British Open.
Julie has 35 years experience playing with top level brass bands and currently plays with the highly revered St Dennis Band on tenor horn. Julie began teaching back in 2008 when she tutored the members of the Launceston Junior Band and also taught music theory to the adults in the senior band. In 2009 she started working part time as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school alongside her work as a music tutor - teaching brass, recorder and music theory in local primary and secondary schools. As a performer, Julie has played regularly at private functions, competed and won at music competitions and appeared on BBC Spotlight and played on Phillip Hunt’s Sounds of Brass radio show for BBC Radio Devon/Cornwall.