Percussion


Percussion 1

Brad Mcculloch

Bradley comes from the small border town of Oswestry in North Shropshire. He began playing at primary school at the age of 9 before joining his local youth band, Porth-Y-Waen Youth Band.  He progressed through the organisation to become the principal percussionist of Porth-Y-Waen silver band.

Brad relocated to Manchester to continue his musical studies at The University of Salford where he gained a first-class degree in Musical Arts.  After moving to University, he quickly began gaining experience in championship section banding with bands like Fodens, before being delighted to accept a place within The Fairey Band in March 2016.

He had much success in his final year at University where he was awarded both awards for his elective studies.  The first award was the Roy Newsome award in conducting, something Brad is very keen on and saw him gain the highest marks throughout the year.  He was also pleased to receive the Iwan Williams award in performance for gaining the highest overall recital marks in his year.  Bradley became heavily involved with function work on drum kit throughout the last 2 years of University, this saw him develop his more contemporary side at prestigious private functions across the country up to 4 times a week.

After graduating from University, Bradley continued with his journey to become a teacher by completing his PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University and is now a Teacher of Music at Wardle Academy in Rochdale; A school renowned for its musical heritage.

 

 


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Alex Walton

Alex started playing the drums aged 5, and shortly after started to learn orchestral percussion. He is currently studying at the Junior RNCM.

At the age of 8 he joined Macclesfield Youth Brass Band, with whom he won two outstanding soloist prizes. He has been a member of Fodens Youth Band and is currently a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

As a member of the National Children’s Orchestra, and the National Children’s Brass Band, Alex has performed in a number of prestigious venues including:  the Barbican, the Bridgewater Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall. Last year he toured Switzerland with National Youth Wind Orchestra, culminating with a performance at the Lucerne Festival.

Alex has experienced playing with semi-professional orchestras and has also performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Hallé Orchestra, as part of events organised by the Awards for Young Musicians.

In March 2018 Alex made his first appearance with a Championship Band at the Yorkshire Area, with Yorkshire Imps. Shortly after he was invited to join the Hepworth Band, with whom he played at the Grand Shield. Since summer 2018 Alex has been a member of the Fairey Band, performing at the Birmingham Symphony Hall at the British Open and the Royal Albert Hall at the Nationals .

Alex attends Wilmslow High School and is currently in his final GCSE year.

 


Percussion 3

Vacancy