About Kevin

About Kevin

Kevin was born in Trebursye near Launceston, Cornwall in 1962 and began playing the tenor horn at the age of six. His first band was the Holsworthy Town Band where he sat next to his father, Michael, in the horn section. After brief spells with Totnes Town Band and Bude Town Band Kevin, at the age of 12, moved to Championship section Bodmin Town Band where it was not long before he took over the principal horn position making him one of the youngest ever in the UK to hold a principal seat in a Championship Section Band.

Kevin’s first solo radio broadcast, playing “Watching the Wheat,” was at the age of nine after winning the children’s section of the BBC’s “Search for the Stars”. Kevin won again in the following year and was broadcast playing W. A. Allison’s “Iona”.

At the age of 17 Kevin made his first television appearance representing his school as soloist for BBC Television’s “The Music Quiz,” since then he has appeared with such celebrities as Roy Castle and Harry Secombe.

Leaving the Bodmin Town Band at the age of 14, Kevin moved to St Austell Town Band where he took the position of principal euphonium. Throughout his teenage years he enjoyed long spells with the Cornwall Youth Band and the National Youth Band of Great Britain, as well as having much success in solo contests both locally and nationally.

Kevin has played under the baton of some of the great names of the brass band world, including: Harry Mortimer, Edward Gregson, Roy Newsome, Professor Walter Hargreaves, Major Peter Parkes and Albert Chappell.

After living in the North West of England for many years, Kevin moved back to his native Cornwall in 2004 to take up the positions of musical director of the St Austell Youth Band, senior tutor to the St Austell School of Brass and Percussion and principal euphonium with the St Austell Town Band.

At the beginning of 2007 he took over as temporary resident conductor of the Bodmin Town Band, and musical director with the Bodmin Junior Band.

Kevin’s composing career started in 1997 when, with encouragement from Goff Richards, he had his Euphonium solo “Cornish Sunset” published. His music has been described as “very melodic” and “audience friendly.” Amongst his works is the theme tune to BBC Radio’s “Sounds Of Brass” programme, which has been recorded by the world famous Black Dyke Band on their CD Essential Dyke Volume VI.

As well as continuing to compose, arrange and teach brass and percussion both privately and in schools, Kevin is working with the St Minver Silver Band in the role of musical director as well as being asked to work with other bands in a professional capacity. He is also producing and presenting his own weekly one-hour radio programme “Brass In The Bay” dedicated to Brass Band music which at present is available on Source FM and the internet radio station brassbandradio.co.uk.

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