The Committee

The committee are responsible for running UniBrass, both in public and behind the scenes. Without their hard work and dedication, UniBrass would not be able to run each year at all, let alone be the spectacular event that it is.

If you want to get in contact with the committee, head over to the “Contact” page.

2019 Committee

Chair – Sam Hartharn-Evans

Sam finished studying Marine Biology and Oceanography at Bangor University in the summer of 2018, and will be studying for a Masters in Physical Oceanography in 2019. He has played brass instruments since year 4 and moved to the dark side of the trombone 10 years ago. He has played with his local brass band, Port Sunlight Lyceum Brass Band for a number of years, and whilst at university has played for Beaumaris Band, as well as being a member of the Concert Band, University Symphony Orchestra, and the University’s Brass Band, for which he has been the treasurer and chair.

Sam got involved in UniBrass by leading the bid to bring it to Bangor at the end of his second year and is now looking forward to being the chair of the organising committee in its first year in Bangor. With the contest being outside of England for the first time, Sam hopes to bring something new to the contest as well as to reach new audiences.

Secretary – Emily Hodson

Emily is studying English Literature and Creative Writing at Bangor University and is in her third year. She has been playing the trumpet for over 10 years, and has been playing in her local concert bands and orchestras ever since. Emily has only recently joined the Brass Band scene, and plays in both the University Brass Band and Concert Band. She is the Social Secretary for Concert Band for the second year running. She sees UniBrass as an opportunity for the university, and hopes to make this year’s competition a success.

Contest Secretary – Tilly Scott

Tilly is currently in her second year of studying Neuropsychology at Bangor University. She has been playing the trumpet from the age of 11 when she started learning at secondary school and has been an active member of the banding community since then, starting with school bands and then expanding to brass bands in the local area. Tilly currently plays the flugelhorn in the University Brass Band, as well as playing trumpet in the Concert Band, University Symphony Orchestra, and Jazz Band.

Tilly became involved in UniBrass after the bid for 2019 was won and is now contest secretary for the contest taking place at Bangor university. Tilly is hoping that the Bangor team can bring some new ideas to UniBrass to encourage participation and inspire others to start playing.

Marketing Manager – Charlotte Lindley

Charlotte has just finished studying for a Geography degree, and has been involved in brass banding for her whole life, even writing her dissertation about them! She began playing the cornet aged 11 with her local band; Deepcar Brass Band and took up percussion and piano at sixth form.

She has played Solo Cornet for Deepcar, Cornerstone Brass and her current band, Unite the Union Brass Band. Whilst at university she has played cornet and percussion for Beaumaris Band, appearing in the Band Cymru semi-finals in 2016; percussion for the University Symphony Orchestra; principal cornet for the University Brass Band for which she has also served as Librarian; and principal trumpet with the University Concert Band of which she has been Chairperson for two academic years. In this role she lead them to their debut at the National Concert Band Festival and being awarded the runner-up prize in the Best Arts and Performance Society category at the National Societies Awards 2018.

Charlotte attended her first UniBrass contest with Bangor in Warwick in 2016 and wanted to be involved in the running of the contest in Bangor to continue to make brass banding attractive to young people and to showcase the musical talent in the local area to bring in a large audience to the contest.

General Committee Member – Ashley Butterworth

Ashley is a second year Biology student at Bangor University. He has been playing the euphonium for almost 10 years and began playing in his high school brass band shortly afterwards. He is now involved with Bangor’s Music Society Orchestra and Brass Band. He first experienced UniBrass in York in 2018 and hopes to help Bangor host the competition in 2019.