Jim is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger and music educator with a busy performing schedule, playing both reeds and brass, with many of the UK’s leading jazz and classical ensembles.
Jim began playing the cornet at the age of ten with the Fairfield (Buxton) Band, but after a few years on tenor horn eventually realized that the euphonium was a far superior instrument. He studied music, as a saxophonist, at the University of Huddersfield but was fortunate enough to also be offered euphonium lessons with the legendary Geoffrey Whitham. He then went on to do a postgraduate course at the Royal Northern College Of Music, graduating in 2000.
Jim has held the principle euphonium positions with The Lindley Band (1998-2005), The Hepworth Band (2005-2012) and then joined the Fairey Band band for the National Championships of 2012.
Outside the brass band movement, Jim spends much of his time playing saxophone in big bands, pop bands and jazz groups. He is also often found in the pit for music theatre both on tour and in London’s west-end. Alongside this he often does orchestral extra work with the Hallé, Liverpool Philharmonic, Northern Sinfonia and the BBC Philharmonic. Jim plays the baritone saxophone in the groundbreaking Apollo Saxophone Quartet and is the bass saxophonist with Andy Scott’s ‘Sax Assault’. He also writes and arranges music for many of the groups he performs with.
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.
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Heather began her brass career playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 11. She played for the Stockport schools brass bands and her local band Hawk Green. During her time at Hawk Green she moved to Baritone for one contest and enjoyed it so much she never moved back to Tenor Horn. In 2009 Heather began studying Music at the University of Huddersfield, tutored by David Thornton and Phillip McCann. She graduated with BMus (hons) in 2012 and was honoured to be awarded with the Harry Mortimer brass student of the year prize.
Heather continued her Music studies at Huddersfield tutored by Katrina Marzella, graduating in 2013 with a Master’s degree specialising in performance. Whilst at University Heather joined the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery band on second Baritone, progressing to solo during a highly successful time for the band including a Yorkshire area win. She moved back to Stockport and is currently studying for a primary PGCE at the University of Manchester. Heather was delighted to join the Fairey band, her home town band in June 2014.
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