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Alex Thomas

Alex began playing the piano aged seven, and first picked up a cornet when he was ten. Alex's' brass playing career began with the Standish Brass band. Progressing through the ranks, he then joined the Skelmersdale Prize band where he became the principal cornet player. In 1998 Alex moved to the famous Besses O'Th' Barn Band, and after two years in the ranks, he was promoted to principal cornet in 2000.

In 2002, he moved to the Yorkshire Building Society Brass band. The band won many prestigious titles during the years which followed, including the European Championships in 2003 and 2004, The British Open Championship in 2003, and the All England Masters Championships in 2004. During this time they also recorded many award winning CD's, and the band became the number one ranked brass band in the world.

Alex has performed as a soloist throughout the UK, in America, Canada, across Europe, in Australia and in Japan, as well as being a soloist on BBC Radio 2's "Listen to the band" programme. Alex's most coveted title so far came in 2004 when he won the British Open Solo Championships, and as well the best Bb Cornet title, which allowed him to travel to Australia to represent Britain in the Ern Keller International Brass Soloist festival.

Alex is a graduate of Salford University, where he gained a BA (Music) hons, first class, with distinction in performance. He currently works as a freelance musician, and as a brass tutor for Wigan Instrumental Teaching Provision

 



 

 

 

 

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