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BMus (Hons), DipABRSM, PGCE

Steph’s love of brass began in her native Cornwall when she started playing the cornet with the Mount Charles Youth Band. She quickly progressed through to the Principal Cornet, whilst also playing in St Austell Town Band and the senior Mount Charles Band. She was also a proud member of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band for 10 years. Steph returned to the band in 2019 as guest soloist for their Christmas course.
In 2011 Steph joined Cory Band where she enjoyed seven years as their Repiano Cornet and Flugelhorn player. Some of Steph’s notable highlights were winning the ‘Grand Slam’ in 2016.This period of Steph’s musical journey coincided with her studying at the Royal Welsh College (RWCMD), where she gained a BMus (Hons) Degree. She achieved notable successes during her time at RWCMD, including winning the Harry Mortimer Award for RWCMD’s Outstanding Brass Musician.
In 2018, Steph moved to Greater Manchester and had a successful period as Principal Cornet at WEFL Fairey Band before a short stint at Grimethorpe Colliery Band on Repiano cornet, enjoying some innovative lockdown performances with the band. During 2020 and against the backdrop of the pandemic Steph accepted the invitation to join Black Dyke and continues to be a proud member of the band.
Steph is a Geneva Performance and Development Artist, a Denis Wick Artist and also an endorsee for the Shhhmute practice mute range.
Steph completed AoBBA’s Trainee Adjudicator scheme in 2022 and has since been in high demand, gaining a wealth of experience adjudicating throughout the country at all types of contest and levels.
Outside of brass bands, Steph is Head of MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) at a Special Needs Secondary school in Rochdale.

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

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