From a very young age, Emily knew she had a passion for music. In fact, she cannot remember a time where she could not read it! Like a typical infant, she first played the recorder. She also tried her hand at fife and flute. Since she was young, Emily attended Church, sparking her love for hymns and chorales. From when she was little, her mother had been in a brass band and her young exposure to this may have sparked her love for them. At 8 years old (2010) she picked up the trombone but, after she decided her arms weren’t long enough, she decided at 10 (2012) to switch to a valve instrument. She was set on playing baritone but Lofthouse Brass Roots band had a spare tenor horn and she has never looked back since. Over the years she has received lessons from various reputable people, including an Oxford University music graduate (who specialised in Brass), ex-solo horn player for Brighouse and Rastrick band Sheona White and the conductor of Lofthouse Brass Band (Andrew Whitaker). Whilst learning horn, she has had lessons on other instruments and reached grade 5 standard drum kit, grade 6 standard musical theatre vocals and also plays the trumpet in a self-formed jazz band. However, nothing sings more to Emily when she plays than the tenor horn.
When she was 11 (2013) she began playing with Lofthouse Senior Brass Band on 2nd horn, and remained there for 4 years. In December 2017 she leapfrogged her way to solo horn for the regionals contest and has remained there ever since. Her promotion saw her also receiving the current instrument she plays which the band bought, which sings to her when she plays it. Now, at age 16 (after getting a grade 9 (or A**) in music at GCSE), she is studying A Level music and is the resident composer and arranger for the band. She achieved grade 7 ABRSM distinction in Summer 2018, and is set to take her grade 8 in Summer this year. She achieved her grade 5 theory in Spring 2018 and has also dabbled in tutoring students.
Emily has quickly progressed through her musical ability which is due to her deep passion of music and Brass Bands. She is looking at a career in music and hopes for one day to increase awareness of her instrument and to be among Championship-standard players, but for now loves the atmosphere and other players in the band. Lofthouse Band will always be her first band and her home, where she has learned how to develop as a player. Her band Instagram account is @fl.emilyx
Years playing: 6 (on tenor horn)
Position in the band: Solo horn
Instrument: Geneva Symphony with Denis Wick 5 mouthpiece
Favourite food: Lasagne
Favourite drink: Raspberry lemonade
Favourite non-brass band: So much! Most 90s/2000s bands (Arctic Monkeys and Oasis), Green Day, lots of musical theatre (Lea Salonga and Brian D’Arcy James), and loves hymns
Most embarrassing banding moment: In the middle of an outdoor solo her music flew away from her stand. She had to run about trying to catch it whilst still playing from memory!
Band social media: Instagram- fl.emilyx