The Pendennis brass band is well known for its strong team of individuals who play brass instruments ranging from horns, trombone, euphoniums and baritones, bases and percussionists as directed by the music director. Blowing your lungs into brass instruments not only creates melody of sounds that are aesthetically pleasing to listen to on their own but is very instrumental to music bands as a whole.
From being called ‘Falmouth Town Band’ in the early nineties to the current Pendennis brass band, I grew up admiring this crew only that I didn’t know how I could find my way in as a member. However, my dreams came true four years ago when I managed to become a member of the famous Pendennis brass band. I joined in as a solo horn player. This was in 2012.
I can vividly remember being informed by a close friend that the band had changed its policies and was now inviting adults and youngsters to either come for a blow or learning of the brass instruments. I remember accepting the offer and having a great chance to learn how to play the horns as taught by the then trainer, Glyn Thomas.
Being in the UK and in the most prestigious band offered me the opportunity to enhance my skills as a solo horn player. My favorite banding moment was in 2007 when we provided the background music for the BBC2 documentary about Chalky, Rick Stein’s much loved pet dog. This not enhanced my skills in horn playing but also offered me a chance to feel prestigious by being a member of Pendennis brass band. The music we played was not only entertaining, but also won us various trophies.
I started to compete
I can remember how in March 2012, we competed in the Cornwall Music Festival where we took the third position of five in the main brass section. Later in September that year, we competed in the CBBA contest at the Hall for Cornwall, and in 2013 in the Cornwall Music Festival, picking up one trophy. Moreover, this helped me as a new player to gain valuable experience. I can remember this was what made me to consider learning how to play the horns more diligently.
I joined Pendennis band at a very difficult time of my life undergoing very tough experiences. It only required courage to take this bold step. However, key among them was the weight loss motivation. Not only did playing the horns increase my adrenaline levels hence burning more calories but also helped me get rid of my poor eating habits… I mean it! I know it sounds very awkward but take this from me, eating had become a form of addiction for me.
It was hard to control my eating habit
I would spend much of my time on my 21 inch flat screen TV watching movies while taking couch potatoes, corns and other junkies. I knew was heading to obesity but this was beyond my control. However, spending most of my time in the band really helped me go back to healthy habits and finally was able to control my weight.
Moreover, I was battling with a chronic killer disease… breast cancer! I knew there was no way out of this. Therefore joining a brass band was a way of trying to find relieve from this painful killer disease. I didn’t think at firs that this would work, but believe you me, it’s until I stopped self-pitying myself and started celebrating my success that life got easy.
From the painful chemotherapies I underwent to painful sleepless nights, it was only fair that I utilized my day in Pendennis band. I know it may sound unbelievable, but so to say, this is how I started beating breast cancer and won the battle. For me, this experience was not only an ordinary music career but a life changing experience. I have grown to love brass bands and the kind of music they have.
Achieving my goals in life as well as recovering from the health complications would not be a dream come true. Indeed for me, my life in a brass band in Pendennis UK was a transforming experience. So if you also want to join brass don’t hesitate to do so its one of my best choices I have ever made. Check out the stories linked below… Those will make you decide in a jiffy.