1997 - Now

Helen Walters (Morgan)
Principal Cornet

I joined the band in June 1997 when I was 15. I only came along to listen as my Dad started conducting them, but I wasn't allowed too once Keith and Ron, who were the back row cornets at the time, found out that I played the cornet and rushed to get me an instrument and a chair! I've hardly missed a practice since!!! [Our first trombone player helped with that a little too!!!].

I have helped to run the training band since we re-started it in about 1998. We try to make it as fun as possible!

My best memories of being in Tewkesbury Band so far? They have to include both trips to Germany, playing at the National Finals and playing at the Colston Hall as it always seemed such a huge important place when I used to go and listen to my dad play there with Lydbrook Band when I was little! It's also great being involved with the training band as you get to see their practice pay off as they progress and I'm always really proud to conduct them at concerts!

I started playing when I was about nine after pestering my Dad for ages to bring me home a cornet from band. One night he actually did and the following morning was probably the only time I ever willingly got out of bed quickly when he showed me the case! I soon started having lessons at school with Gavin Wells. 

I then changed schools and whilst I still had lessons I did not progress greatly and eventually stopped playing for a couple of years when I injured my arm in PE at school. (Always knew PE was bad for me!). I then decided to do GCSE music and so took up playing regularly again. Following this, I was looking for an extra A-level and so chose to do Music! During this time I had lessons at the Gloucester Academy of Music and Performing Arts under Roger Clarkeson and Simon Jones and I'll never forget playing the 2nd movement of Haydn's Trumpet Concerto with my school orchestra at our Leavers Concert. 

I thought my 'academic' music would stop there until the day I got my A-level results and decided I did want to go to uni after all and got a place studying Music with Business Studies! I graduated from Bath Spa University College in 2003 and am now working for the Gloucestershire Music Service as a peripatetic brass teacher in schools. It's great fun!


<<< I couldn't even put my cornet down on my wedding day! The Band played in the Church and at the Wedding Reception.

2008 Questionnaire

Musical Background: I have been going to brass band concerts since I was born and eventually started playing at the age of 9. My teacher's were Gavin Wells, Nigel Taylor, Roger Clarkson, and Simon Jones while I was at school, Bob Jenner and finally Gavin Wells again at Uni. I spent hours as a child listening to choral music in Gloucester Cathedral as my brother was a Chorister there and also listening to Gilbert & Sullivan opera's and Pavarotti at full volume while my Dad was cooking Sunday dinner each week! I learnt the piano at school and got to Grade 4. I didn't take any grades on my cornet until after I left uni! I needed them to get my job and so did my Grade 5 Cornet & Theory then 7 and 8 all ABRSM. I also took my Grade 2 Trinity Guildhall Trombone in 2008 and got a Distinction!

Which Bands / Ensembles do you (have you) played with on a regular basis? Tewkesbury Town Band, Lakeside Concert Band. Also played for the Gloucestershire Youth Brass Band before it was in its most recent formation and the Bath Spa University College Brass Band.

What has been your most outstanding banding experience to date? Lots! Running the European Youth Brass Band in 2007 when the Europeans were held in Birmingham was an amazing experience - the kids were so talented and enthusiastic and the whole thing was just great!

What is the best advice you have received? Join as many different music groups as you can - shame I didn't follow that advice when I was at school though as I was too shy!

What are your favourite pieces of music that you have played? Schnappi!

What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (brass band)? Light Walk, Extreme Makeover, Enigma Variations

What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (any genre)? Genesis - Can't Dance Album, Queen - The Miracle Album, Backstreet Boys, Kenny Rodgers - Last 10 Years, Dynamites, Chris Botti (Trumpet)

Who is your favourite performer and why? Mr Shaun Crowther, Boston Brass are amazing too!

What are your musical ambitions? To play in the Albert Hall & to get 100 players in the Training Band!

Any other information? Positions played in TTB - 3rd Cornet, 2nd Cornet, Rep, Principal, Bumper, Principal!

Winner of:
Miles Amherst Trophy for the Junior member who has made the most progress during the year 1997
Fred Poole Memorial Trophy for the Musician of the Year 1999 & 2006
Dave Crowe Memorial Cup for the Cornet Player of the Year 2002 & 2009
Jeff Clarke Cup awarded to the Band Member of the Year 2002 & 2003


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