Euphonium Tutor, Teacher
West Sussex, England
She spends most of her time teaching others how to play the wide range of brass instruments that can be found in orchestras, brass bands and marching bands. For over 30 years she played in the 'Brighton and Hove City Brass' band where she started her musical career. This is not only a profession, but a hobby as well. Sian now plays in a ten piece ensemble 'Brass Fusion' performing with other 'ex bandsmen' on a casual, non-contesting, fun basis.
Although Sian primarily takes brass instrumental lessons, she does regularly run a theory class for all instrumentalists at one of the major schools. She also tries to cover basic theory points within her instrumental lessons as many players, not just brass, do not realise that once they obtain Grade Five practical they cannot move on until they have passed the Grade Five Theory exam. This can take quite a while if players have not covered any theory at all during their lessons. At present Sian has a 100% pass rate on all practical exams that her current students have taken.
Another string to her bow (!) is that she has run several recorder groups at one school as well as temporarily taking Year One music appreciation classes for a term. She also currently runs two brass ensembles at one of the major schools. Sian strives to help pupils obtain their graded examinations but at the same time keeping the playing fun and non pressured. The most important thing to her is that her pupils continue to enjoy playing and for it not to become a chore. To assist with the enjoyment of playing Sian runs a training band for anyone wishing to gain experience in group playing. All the terminology, harmony, sounds etc which are not experienced with individual lessons. The playing of 'non tune' parts where counting and listening are essential.
Sian is also Musical Director of one of the southern England's brass bands, where she regularly appears with them at local fetes, concerts, and garden parties. She is also a committee member for the Incorporated Society of Musicians.
Euphonium Tutor, Teacher
Marcus R. has over 40 years experience as a professional brass player and teacher since his musical training at the Royal Military School of Music at Knelller Hall near Twickenham.
For over 12 years he combined teaching brass playing for Surrey County Council and private schools with his career as a professional performer on the trombone. Professional engagements have included stints with the NYJO, performing on QE2 cruises, appearing in ‘Chicago’ in the West End and numerous Radio and TV sessions. He has played with, and is recognised by, some of the very best players in the UK.
Marcus offers one to one tuition, covering all aspects of brass playing, on trumpet, cornet, trombone, french horn and euphonium. This tuition can be for any level of player from beginner through to professional instrumentalist. He also offers specialist embouchure assessment, development and rescue services, and also offers his one to one tuition and specialist services online via Skype or Facetime.
Marcus also gives clinics, lectures and workshops to larger groups of players covering aspects of brass playing and the embouchure. Most recently he has talked at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for the British Trombone Society, and also a day workshop for Warwick County Music Service.
Marcus is a Signed Artist and Clinician for Michael Rath Trombones. He still plays and records as a solo artist and is member of the Jazz Colussus group and also the Musical Director of The Rutland Big Band. He written many articles on the embouchure and brass playing for magazines such as The Brass Herald and Brass Band World , and has also developed the unique STRATOS embouchure system for all brass players.