1991 - Now
[18 month absence 1999/2000]
Having being inspired by the late Roy Castle's trumpet playing on Record Breakers in 1978, Hadrian decided all he wanted to do was play a brass instrument. His parents did not take long to cave in to the incessant requests and arranged for lessons by the peripatetic music teacher to Monk Fryston C of E Primary School, Mr Graham Walker [of Yorkshire Imperial fame].
During a glittering career as a young musician in Yorkshire under the baton of Graham Walker as Second and then First trombone with the successful Sherburn High School and Hambleton Brass bands, Hadrian played at the National Youth Brass Band Championship finals of 1981 and 1982. He narrowly missed out on achieving his lifetime ambition of playing at the National Finals at Royal Albert Hall in 1985 when Hambleton Brass were placed 1st out of 34 bands but undeservedly disqualified for having too much percussion [not a problem faced by top bands nowadays!!].
In 1987 he obtained his passport and left Yorkshire to study for a joint honours degree in Accounting and Law at the University of Southampton. During this period he continued to play the trombone much to the dismay of his student neighbours!
After successfully obtaining his degree in July 1990 the itinerant trombonist left the South Coast to train as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins and Sells in Gloucester. As the firm merged and changed its name three times he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and progressed through the ranks to being a manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Hadrian joined Tewkesbury Town Band in February 1991 following a chance encounter between his parents and Keith, Betty and Pete in a pub in Tewkesbury [what a surprise!!] while they were visiting. He initially joined the band on Second Trombone and following the departure of James Andrews to university in 1994 moved up to First Trombone, his current position.
In May 1999, he joined UNICEF in New York for 18 months. During this time he and his trombone visited over 16 developing countries. As he travelled between these countries he would pop into England, often just for the weekend, "purely" to come to band practice or help out at our concerts!
The prodigal trombonist returned to the band at Christmas 2000 just to see Frosty the Snowman at our concert!
Since returning to the UK at the end of 2000, Hadrian has been working as the Lease Administration Controller for the Structured Asset Finance division of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, dealing with the accounting and administrative complexities of multi-million pound transactions.
He has continued to play an active role in the band and is one of the most regular attendees at both practices and engagements. He also acts as a tutor for the Training Band players where he assists his wife, Helen Walters.
Fred Poole Memorial Trophy for the Musician of the Year 1993 & 2008
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