Tim would like to thank Urbie Green, Bill Watrous, Carl Fontana, George Chisolm and the Lurpack Man for producing music which has been so jaw-droppingly good that they have periodically tempted him to quit!
TV credits include an appearance on the ‘Hairy Bikers’ programme with the Shipyard Band playing the Hovis tune for 30 seconds behind the Geordie who was holding some cold soup.
Other notable achievements are playing in the National Brass Band Finals, Grand Shield and a week-long residence in the pit orchestra at the world famous Palladium (Millom).
He also writes long profiles!
Aside from trombone, Sarah is responsible for the trumpeting Herdwick that is The La’al Big Band’s logo and creates all the artwork for the band. She’s a dab hand with the old paint and canvas, and if you want to see where her talents really lie, visit www.sarahtaylorart.co.uk
At the age of 12 Jo got the opportunity to learn the trombone. She was told that it was the hardest instrument to learn so, being a little bit contrary, this made Jo more determined to play the trombone. She has ADHD and dyspraxia so learning new skills was usually quite difficult. However, Jo took to the trombone relatively easily; proving that poor co-ordination and a short attention span is an asset for a trombone player.
Jo started her playing apprenticeship in her school and local brass bands and this is where she learned the basics important to any good brass musician – tight ensemble work and sarcasm.
Unfortunately, mastering these skills was not enough. With the alcohol tolerance of an anaemic piccolo player, an inability to march in time and the small matter of not wanting to look like an NCP car parking attendant, Jo knew she was destined to take her trombone elsewhere.
Big bands first came calling at 20 when Jo joined the Lancashire Student Jazz Orchestra with the great musical director Stuart Grills. Stuart was known and loved by all the students for his enthusiasm, patience and his unique conducting style, known as the ‘funky chicken dance’. During her time with the Jazz Orchestra, Jo toured Belgium and one of the highlights was the lead tenor player managing to get the theme to Rainbow into every solo.
Jo studied music at Bangor University but afterwards decided to run away from the circus to become a civil servant. However, she could not stay away from Big Bands.
Jo ended up playing lead trombone in a variety of big bands, usually because ‘we’ve asked everyone else’. However, she has always enjoyed bossing about a section and the relationship between herself and the rest of the section has been described as that of a rather stern carer, although Jo prefers to think of it as a benign dictatorship. Jo has recently given up the mantle of lead in order to gain more experience and now plays third trombone but still likes to occasionally make ‘helpful’ suggestions. Her latest suggestion in the La’al Band was to try and present a more uniform look as a trombone section at gigs. Unfortunately, Tim really didn’t have the legs for a dress.
Jo lives in Preston but was initially lured north to dep for The La’al Big Band by the Cumbrian friendliness. But now as a permanent member she now has no escape.
They occasionally let her out to play with The Managers Big Band, Lou and the Llamas and Fylde Sinfonia Orchestra.
Bass Trombone & Musical Director
Over the years he’s attended various summer schools, workshops, and conducting courses and performed with orchestras, choirs, brass ensembles, brass bands, big bands, wind bands, jazz bands and musical societies as either a player/singer or conductor.
In September 2000, Colin was awarded an Honours Degree in Brass Band Studies, majoring in performance and composition.
He is currently MD of Whitehaven Male Voice Choir.