Adam Bokaris started playing euphonium at age 9, in his primary school band in Sydney, Australia.
He relocated to Manchester, England in September of 2014 to study at the Royal Northern College of Music under euphonium tutors, David Thornton and Steven Mead. He is currently a fourth year undergraduate.
Adam, up until his relocation to the UK, was principal euphonium with the St Marys Brass Band in Sydney, Australia. In England, Adam has played euphonium in the Drighlington Band, Leyland Band, and since March 2017 with the Fairey Band.
In his final year of high school, Adam received top marks for his music studies in the Higher School Certificate that put him within the top 1% of students in the state. This allowed him to perform as a soloist on the Sydney Opera House stage as a part of the New South Wales Department of Education’s ‘Encore’ concert. In the same year, he became the National Australian Euphonium Champion.
In his first year of study at the RNCM, he was generously supported by a Buffet Besson Scholarship. He also made it to the final round of the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Awards.
In May 2016, Adam got into the final round of the International Tuba and Euphonium Competition (ITEC) in the Artist Euphonium Division category. His quartet, The Brass Compass Euphonium Quartet, went on to gain 1st prize in the quartet category of the same competition. These competitions were held in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA.
In June, Adam’s quartet went on to win the prestigious Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Chamber Music Competition held at the RNCM. In November of the same year, The Brass Compass Euphonium Quartet were invited to perform as artists for the Singapore Low Brass Festival.
Mick began playing cornet at the age of 7 with Llanrug Band in North Wales. At the age of 10 the family relocated to Rochdale and Mick joined Rochdale Band (later to become known as Rochdale Wilsons Band).
During this time Mick was tutored by the renowned cornet player Norman Ashcroft (Fairey Band). He stayed with the band for eighteen years during which time he progressed to principal cornet.
In 1988 Mick was invited to join the Brighouse and Rastrick Band and played a part in what could arguably have been their most successful period, winning several titles including 2 National titles, 3 All England Masters, 1 European title and 7 Yorkshire Area titles.
Whilst at Brighouse, Mick’s versatility to adapt was called upon on several occasions. Throughout the thirteen years he was at Brighouse he held the positions of solo baritone, solo horn, flugel and various cornet positions, including (briefly – 5 months) principal cornet until the arrival of the legendary Jim Davies.
After a short break due to work commitments, Mick played with local bands Whitworth Vale and Healey and United Norwest Co-op Milnrow. In May 2004 he joined Wingates playing solo EEb Bass until February 2005, at which point he joined YBS on horn in time to compete at the Yorkshire regional contest. Later that year he toured Australia with the band for 11 days and performed in the final concert of the tour at the famous Sydney Opera House.
2006 saw Mick return to Wingates on his then preferred instrument, the EEb bass. Shortly after he accepted an invitation to return to YBS on EEb bass. After the departure of David King from YBS, Mick joined the Fairey Band on EEb bass, where he enjoyed various contest and concert performances.
Mick re-joined Brighouse and Rastrick Band in 2009 on Solo EEb, winning the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011, and winning the Nationals in 2010.
In September 2011 he returned to his Rochdale roots and joined The Milnrow Band. Shortly after Mick moved to Solo Horn in time for the Scottish Open in November.
Following the departure of the band’s Solo Euphonium player James Emberly, due to relocation down South, Mick took the opportunity to apply for the vacancy and wishes he had chosen the Euphonium years ago.
Mick joined The Fairey Band in September 2018 for the British Open and is looking forward to supporting the band’s very talented Solo Euphonium player Adam Bokaris.
A former member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain, Paul Walton graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1994. Subsequently, he was appointed as a Junior Fellow of the College and, a year later, was awarded a Post-graduate Diploma in Conducting and Advanced Performance.
Hailing from the brass band stronghold of Saddleworth, Paul started playing aged 8. He has played for a number of the country’s leading bands including Black Dyke, Fodens, Desford and Grimethorpe Colliery.
Paul is also a founder member of Tubalaté. The ensemble has been at the forefront of instrumental and repertory development for over 25 years and the group has been acclaimed as one of the leading exponents of brass chamber music.
He has been fortunate enough to travel the world performing visiting countries including Sierra Leone, Singapore, Russia, Latvia, New Zealand, and USA and throughout Europe. His has performed in many venues including Carnegie Hall (New York), Marble Palace (St Petersburg) and Buckingham Palace (for Prince Charles’ 50th birthday celebrations).
Paul has also been interested in instrumentary development. Whilst principal euphonium for the Fodens Band, Paul worked closely with Antoine Courtois in the development of their euphonium. He has since worked closely with Besson and more recently has been involved with Wessex Tubas.
Paul also arranges and composes. His work “Lest We Forget” was premiered, in August 2014, in St Asaph Cathedral, by the Denbighshire Area County Brass Band. He also enjoys a busy conducting schedule.
In March of 2018 Paul was delighted to be approached by Gary Cutt to join the famous Fairey band. Originally joining on euphonium, Paul has since taken the position of solo baritone with the band.
Originating from over t’hill in the Rossendale Valley, Chris started playing snare drum at the age of 5 with the Rossendale Scout Band. This kick started his playing career and shortly after he was handed a cornet and given lessons by Roy Curran and Eric Landon. Chris soon decided the cornet wasn’t for him and the baritone followed, progressing through the ranks to the solo euphonium seat.
A move to University saw a break from playing for two years until he took up an offer from Unite the Union Band. Chris then changed bands and instrument, taking on the Eb bass and enjoying a successful two years at the Haslingden and Helmshore band.
A move to the Milnrow band came in May 2016, along with a change of instrument to the BBb bass. In 2017 Chris won the All England International Masters in Kettering with Milnrow. Chris continues to relish the opportunity of providing a strong, solid foundation playing the BBb bass.
Chris was invited to join The Fairey Band around Christmas time 2018 and is looking forward to many concert and contest performances with band.
With a profound commitment to music and young people, Chris leads a number of school bands and a successful music therapy team within a successful career. This is coupled with his lifelong connection to the Rossendale Scout Band, for whom he has recently taken the position of associate conductor. Chris has enjoyed preparing the band for a many prestigious events, such as the Queens Scout Parade at Windsor castle and some very fine concert venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, RNCM, O2 arena and Cologne cathedral.