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Brass Instrument Tuition

Brass Instrument Tuition


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David Neville
Brass Instrument Tuition

01332 290762


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Dave Neville  is a gifted brass player who has been principal Cornet at Derwent Brass ( www.derwentbrass.com ) for many years. He is a regular and popular feature at most Derwent concerts and thrills his audiences with a wide range of style, from ballade through to jazz, blues and swing and traditional aire-varie. Dave has regularly been awarded Best Instrumentalist and Best Soloist at contests entered by the band. 

His first band was the Ravensdale Junior  School Band where, in 1970 he joined the learners section with his brother Phil, sharing a cornet which had been passed down from his great uncle who had played it in the band of the South Staffordshire Regiment during WW1!!

Other bands include John Port School Band, and during that time he undertook two visits to Melle, close to Derby's twin town, Osnabruck. Dave was one of the founder members of the City of Derby Youth Band and his time there included tours to Germany Canada and Belgium. From the age of 15 Dave was also principal cornet of the City of Derby Band, a position he held for many years.  Dave formed the Derby based 'Neville Brass Ensemble' in 1985. He has also played with several local orchestras an pit bands.

When asked for his best banding moment Dave decided it had to be in 2008, "a full house at Derby Assembly Rooms,the entire audience the band and the Treorchy Male choir singing happy birthday to me!". One of his worst banding moments was missing the final top 'C' at the end of an aire-varie solo during a concert at Derby Assembly Rooms in front of Prince Charles (1979) at the age of 16.

Influences on Dave's musical career include his early teachers - Waddel Smith, a big band trumpet player, and Sam Lydall S.A and MD of City of Derby who taught me about determination and commitment. Also listening to great players like Wynton Marsalis and  Maurice Andre.

Contact Dave at anytime on 01332 290762 for an informal chat or to book a trial lesson.


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