Banovallum Brass
Horncastle, Lincolnshire

Band Manager - Hugh Bourn
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At the age of 9, Steve was introduced to the Cornet with his local band in Morecambe. Whilst a member of this band he changed instrument to the Flugel Horn and took on the role of librarian. Steve left Morecambe in 1973, and enrolled as a music student on the inaugural year of a 2 year Brass Course at the Isle of Ely College, Wisbech. He also joined King's Lynn Town Band as a cornet player.

In 1977, illness forced Steve to take a break from playing for 6 months, but once recovered, Steve took a position on Tenor Horn, with March Railway Band. where he also became their deputy conductor.

1979 Steve joined Stamford Town Band, and remained with the band as it gained promotion from the 4th to the 2nd Section. Two of the most memorable contesting occasions for Steve being when the band won 1st prize at the Milton Keynes Entertainment Contest during which he played 'If' as a solo and the year the Band played Land Of The Ever Young at the Area Contest and won. During his time with Stamford, Steve was also secretary for a few years.

October 1981 was a busy time for Steve, not only did he move to the Holbeach area (where he still lives) and married Ann, but he was also appointed Musical Director to The Royal British Legion Band, Spalding.

He worked hard to build them into a band that gained a reputation for performing concerts professionally, musically and with entertainment value, also taking them into the contesting arena where under his direction they won many prizes and gained promotion to the 3rd Sectional Nationally. Having taken the band as far as they wanted to go, Steve was ready for a new challenge and was offered the position with Banovallum Brass that he holds today.

During his playing career, Steve has been fortunate to have performed under the direction of many eminent conductors including Elgar Howarth MBE, Sir Charles Groves, Dr Roy Newsome and Harry Mortimer OBE. Although most of his experience is from within the Brass Band movement, Steve has also played Trumpet in a Dance Band, 'Pit Orchestras' and classical orchestras, directed 2 musicals, a pantomime (oh yes he has!) and also plays Tenor Horn with Die Apfeltizers Oompah Band.

During 1989, Steve was a member of the committee that created The Gleed School of Music, a Saturday morning Music School, helping to get the school started and joining the staff as a Brass, Keyboard and Theory Tutor. 2 years later he was appointed as Senior Tutor and in 2005, became the Director of the School, now renamed South Lincs Music School.

Steve helps with the Banovallum Junior section and learners classes when he has time to do so.

Outside of music, Steve's hobbies include growing Fuschias, classic cars and preserved steam railways.

Banovallum Brass, Horncastle,     07765 934089,     hughbourn21@gmail.com