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Steph’s love of brass began in her native Cornwall at the age of 8, when she started playing the cornet with the Mount Charles Youth Band. She quickly progressed through to the Principal Cornet chair of the youth band, whilst also playing in St Austell Town Band and the senior Mount Charles Band. During her youth, Steph enjoyed performing at competing at all of the UK Youth competitions, with notable highlights being at the National Youth Brass Band Championships in Manchester.
When aged 11, Stephanie successfully auditioned for the Cornwall Youth Brass Band (CYBB), where she remained for a further ten years; four as Principal Cornet for the band and subsequently as a tutor for the Cornet section. Steph returned to the band in 2019 to be guest soloist for their Christmas course.
In 2011 Steph joined Tongwynlais Temperance Band, before, in November 2011, joining the Cory Band where she enjoyed seven years as their Repiano Cornet and Flugelhorn player. Some of Steph’s notable highlights during this time were winning the ‘Grand Slam’ in 2016 and Australian and American tours in 2013 and 2015. This period of Steph’s musical journey coincided with her studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD), where she gained a BMus (Hons) Degree. She achieved notable successes during her time at RWCMD, winning the Phillip Jones Brass Ensemble prize two years in a row, becoming a finalist for the Linda Mowat Brass Award and winning the Harry Mortimer Award for RWCMD’s Outstanding Brass Musician, which was presented at the British Open. Throughout her time at RWCMD and Cory combined, Steph had many experiences of adjudicating at various solo competitions both here in the UK and throughout Europe.