2006 - 2009

Training Band: 2002 - Now

William Norman
Solo Cornet

"Where there's a Will there's a way!
Our Band is in a fortunate position that when a position becomes vacant in the senior band, we have a plethora of possible players to fill the seats located within our training band and it just so happens that a lot of them are called William! We are pleased to Welcome William Norman into the senior band to play 2nd cornet alongside Sarah-Jane. William recently passed his Grade 4 ABRSM cornet exam with distinction and he has been a committed member of our training band since 2002. We are sure that he will enjoy playing with the senior band and his debut will be at the Area contest in Torquay on March 19th." 
- News, February 2006



2008 Questionnaire

Musical Background: Started learning the Cornet with his Grandad when he was 7 years old. Then he came to the Training Band where he was taught by Helen and Hadrian Walters. William has also been taught by John Doyle, Michelle Ibbotson, Mark Wilkinson, Chris Howley, David Childs and Owen Farr. ...not a bad list of names there!!

Which Bands / Ensembles do you (have you) played with on a regular basis? Tewkesbury Town Intermediate and Senior Bands, TTB Beginner Band on Drums, Flowers Youth, National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain, Chosen Hill Senior Jazz and Junior Jazz on drums.

What has been your most outstanding banding experience to date? Germany Tour 2007 with Tewkesbury Town Band and the National Children's Band courses 2007 & 2008.

What is the best advice you have received? "Practise what you can't play, not what you can!"

What are your favourite pieces of music that you have played? Dream Catchers by Paul Lovatt Cooper (National Children's Band 2007) and Lydian Pictures by Simon Dobson (Butlins 4th Section Test piece 2008)

What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (brass band)? Rococo Variations (Open Test Piece 2008), Napoli, Zelda, Pie Jesu, Toccata in D Minor, Kim

What are your favourite pieces of music to listen to (any genre)? Linkin Park (Numb), Nickelback (Photograph), Flow Ride

Who is your favourite performer and why? David Child's because he's a brilliant player.

What are your musical ambitions? To become a great player and play for a top band on the top spot.

Any other information? I love a good gadget and a good game of football!

Thanks William!



  Winner of:
Miles Amherst Trophy for the Junior member who has made the most progress during the year 2006
Dave Crowe Memorial Cup for the Cornet Player of the Year 2008

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