Adjudicator & AoBBA Member

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Steve started playing a brass instrument at the age of 8, joining his local band Porthywaen Silver. He went on to study music at Liverpool, Trinity College of Music & Salford University before embarking on a career in performing arts & education (peripatetic brass teacher & head of expressive arts faculty). Until 2022 Steve was headteacher at a specialist school for children with additional needs where all children and young people had the opportunity to learn a brass instrument or keyboard, for free.
Steve was one of the first recruits on the Welsh Regional Council adjudicators training scheme with the renowned Brian Buckley as his mentor; he subsequently enrolled on the Salford University/NABBC course and graduating in 2006 with a Licentiate Diploma in brass band adjudicating. Steve is one of the country’s most experienced adjudicators and has officiated at all Regionals, Lower Section National Finals, and local brass band association competitions in the UK, Switzerland and Belgium. He is a composition and music performance examiner for ‘A’ level and GCSE music examinations, Arts Award Advisor for Trinity Guildhall, and tutor on various brass band courses and workshops throughout the UK. Steve is a cornet & trumpet player and has performed with many brass bands, orchestras and theatrical productions all over the UK and for the BBC and ITV. As a keyboard player, Steve works throughout the UK playing for weddings, civic functions, and black tie dinners as well as a celebrant & musician at Top Note Ceremonies.
Steve is a member of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators and a Jury member (representing Wales) on the European Brass Band Association adjudicators list. Steve is the Director of Music of the West Midlands Police Band and Musical Director of the Shrewsbury Brass Band and Shropshire Brass Ensemble.

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