1. Tuned – Samuel Gilbert

    Sam started his musical career on cornet at the tender age of four. He started with the family heirloom instrument and then progressed onto a borrowed one from the band. He joined the beginner group in the Lanner Brass Academy in 2011 and soon progressed into the main academy band where he played third cornet moving upto 4th man down after several years.

    Before long Sam started playing with the senior band and joined the Cornwall youth brass band playing third cornet in both bands. Not long after he decided to learn a new instrument, Orchestral percussion. After a percussion position came available in the senior band, Sam saw an opportunity and jumped at the chance!

    Now 14, he enjoys his music, especially percussion, playing rugby and his education.

  2. Tuned/Timpani – Seán Hooper

    Seán studied music at Bangor University and the Royal College of Music before becoming a London based professional percussionist and timpanist. His playing activities included work with several symphony orchestra as well as work with the National Theatre and the Royal Opera. In parallel to his playing activities Seán has been making professional timpani mallets for over 40 years, and some can be heard on the soundtrack to the first Star Wars movie, being played by Kurt Hans Goedicke, principal timpanist with the London Symphony Orchestra.

    In 1991, seeking a change of pace and surroundings, Seán took up a full time percussion teaching position with Cornwall Music Service, retiring two years ago. Seán is still very active musically; as well as playing with Lanner Band he is co-founder and musical director of Truro School of Samba and is director of music and dance for the City of Lights procession in Truro. When he has time he also sings bass with Truro male choir.

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