Steve Walkley

Steve earliest days in banding were as a cornet player with brass bands in his native Gloucestershire.  On leaving school he joined the British Army as a musician, where the change to trombone occured almost immediately. Following a year at the Royal Military School of Music he served as principal trombonist with Band of the Royal Corps of Signals for 3 years before transferring to the Regimental Band of HM Irish Guards.
 
On leaving the army Steve returned to the brass band world  -  enjoying a fulfilling and rewarding  20 year period as principal trombonist with the Sun Life Band and the Williams Fairey Engineering Band.  Contest highlights were winning the titles National Brass Band Champions (1986) and British Open Champions (1987) with "Faireys"  -  and British Open Champions (1990) and World Music Festival Champions (1994) with Sun Life.  Solo successes include twice winning the title Champion Trombonist of Great Britain  -  and runner up in the Errol Mason Memorial International Brass Musician of the Year contest in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1988  -  as well as many guest soloist appearances with bands throughout the UK, Europe, Scandinavia and New Zealand.  Steve has also been resident trombone tutor at Salford College, the Brass Band Summer School, and the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland, as well as numerous regional brass band courses in the UK, Europe and Norway.
 
On moving to Kent in 1997, Steve made the decision to change priorities and pursue other interests  -  musical and non-musical  -  which 20 years of top class banding had simply not allowed time for.  He returned to "military music" and renewed old army friendships, with a TA Band in Canterbury, as well as free-lancing with orchestras and brass ensembles.  

 

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