Holly year 7 started playing the tenor horn at the tender age of 6 and by 9 she had reached grade 3. Soon after that Holly moved onto the Euphonium and moved from the Launceston junior’s band to the senior brass band. Shortly before her 10th birthday Holly auditioned and gained a place in the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. Soon after she also auditioned twice for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain, passing both times but unfortunately no place on the course was offered. In 2012 Launceston Town Band played at the National Brass Band Championships with Holly being their youngest member. Camborne Youth Brass Band made an offer for Holly to join them and after much thought she accepted.
August 2013 saw Holly audition for the National Children’s Brass Band of Great Britain and third time lucky was awarded a place on the course. An absolutely outstanding achievement!
Currently Holly plays Euphonium for Camborne Youth Brass Band, Cornwall Youth Brass Band, Devon County Youth Brass Band, the National Children’s Band of Great Britain and of course St Joseph’s School Brass Band. Holly also plays the Trombone for St Joseph’s School orchestra and Camelford Town Band and Bude Metric Brass.
Other instruments Holly enjoys are Recorder, Violin and Flute. She is a member of St Joseph’s School choir, takes music theory and is currently teaching herself bass guitar at home.
One of the many things Holly is looking forward to in 2014 is playing with the Camborne Youth Brass Band at the Menin Gate as part of this year’s World War 1 commemorations.