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WSO Brass Group at Handforth Dean
WSO Brass Group in February Concert
John Bush lives and works in Cheshire and combines music making with a career as company director in the chemical
and energy industries. John was born in Southampton and began to play the trumpet from the age of seven.
He chose to combine a career in business with amateur music making and read Chemical Engineering,
completing a PhD at Pembroke College Cambridge.
John's career has taken him to many different countries including spells living and working in the Netherlands and Japan. He played in the Amsterdam National Brass Band and was the first
non-Japanese to play in the Takarazuka Symphony Orchestra in Kobe.
After returning from Japan in 1994, John and his wife Ann moved to Manchester where they joined Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra, John becoming principal trumpet in 1995. He has performed with a number of local orchestras including Lancashire Chamber Orchestra, Bolton Symphony Orchestra, Cheshire Sinfonia and Stockport Symphony Orchestra and has played concertos by Haydn and Hummel as well as the solo trumpet part in Copeland's Quiet City, Shostakovich' first piano concerto and Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No2.
John and members of the Wilmslow Brass Section play together in a brass quintet. He was the soloist in Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in our February 2014 concert.
Trombone soloist: Gregson Trombone Concerto
Gareth Brown began playing the trombone at the age of 7. At the age of ten, he began playing in the National Children's Orchestra, and throughout his teenage years, he played with the Stockport and Cheshire Youth Orchestras. He went on to study music at Goldsmiths' College, University of London, graduating in 1994, and whilst he was there, obtained a diploma in trombone teaching from the Royal College of Music. Gareth now has a career as a brass teacher, teaching at the King's School in Macclesfield and Altrincham Grammar School for Boys. He also runs and assists in the running of various brass groups and jazz bands in these schools.He has been the principal trombonist in the Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra since 1996, and plays in a number of other orchestras in the area on a more occasional basis.
Gareth is a committed Christian, and had the wonderful opportunity of being able to bring his faith and musicianship together when he found himself in the position of being able to start a marching band in the town of Jinja in Uganda.
Gareth lives in Handforth and now attends his local church, St. Chad's, Church of England, where he can usually be found playing the piano on a Sunday morning. Gareth is married to Tracy and they have a white West Highland Terrier dog named Mackintosh