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.
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 – Lucy Allan
Lucy is studying Music at Bangor University and is going into her third year. She was originally a saxophone player, beginning when she was in year seven. After playing in the local music service and school concert bands, she picked up the trombone at the age of 17 to be able to play in brass bands, to her saxophone teacher’s displeasure. Lucy is quite new to the brass banding community having been only in a training band in Rotherham and then having been involved in Bangor University Brass Band. At university the trombone has taken over as Lucy’s main instrument as she plays trombone in the Brass Band, Concert Band and Music Society Orchestra. Lucy has been on the committee of Bangor University Brass Band throughout her time at university, being first year representative and then secretary in first year and has continued the role of secretary in her second and third years. Lucy’s first UniBrass was York 2017 and that was also her first experience of a brass band competition.
Treasurer – James Martin
James is in his third year of studying History at Bangor University. He has been playing brass instruments since the end of primary school, moving between cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn, wherever he is needed. He has been a member of various bands across his town and the North East including orchestras, brass and concert bands since he started playing. James plays Trumpet in the University Concert Band alongside being Chair of the University Brass Band this year. His first experience of a brass band competition was at UniBrass and from that day he was hooked and committed to helping it at its time in Bangor. He is hoping to bring new people who have never been involved in banding competitions to the contest whilst it is in Bangor.
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.
Technical Manager – Sam Jones
Sam finished his Bachelor of Music in June 2018, and is working towards his Masters in the same field. He became involved in music when he picked up the violin at the age of 7, but saw sense and joined his local brass band – Long Melford Silver Band – aged 18, after being informed by the conductor that he “has trombone lips”. While at university he has been an active member of the University Symphony Orchestra, Music Society, String Orchestra, Brass Band, and Concert Band, which he also conducted in his third year. He is also a choral scholar at Bangor Cathedral, because he didn’t have enough to do already.
Sam became involved in UniBrass after Bangor won the 2019 bid, and stood for the role of Technical Manager. The live-streaming of the contest is one of many ways in which UniBrass helps expand the reach of brass banding, and he hopes to aid with the organisation of a contest which continues to further its outreach.
General Committee Member – Thomas Whitcombe
Thomas is going into his final year studying Music at Bangor University. He is a singer and percussionist, and was a member of Only Boys Aloud, who came third place in Britain’s Got Talent. At Bangor University, Thomas has played in most of the university’s bands, orchestras and choirs, and is the conductor of the Music Society Orchestra. Outside of the university, Thomas has conducted the North Wales Clarinet Choir, based in Menai Bridge
Thomas got involved in university brass banding after being called in as an extra for Bangor University Brass Band at UniBrass 2018 and quickly got hooked standing for the UniBrass role shortly afterwards. Thomas hopes to work to bring the community into UniBrass 2019, and make it an event for the whole community.