Bass Trombone – Ian Davies
Ian started learning with Bude Town Band in the early 1970’s. He progressed to holding the Solo Euphonium seat for several years and then the Solo Trombone seat. He was simultaneously playing Bass Trombone with the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and the Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra.
After deciding not to take up his place to study music at Dartington, he went in another direction professionally but took up the first Baritone position at Bodmin band in time for their 1982 appearance at the Albert Hall. He then joined Halls Oxford Concert Brass under Adrian Leaper. On returning to Cornwall he had several years of playing outside the brass band world including The Three Spires Orchestra, The Cornish Sinfonia Duchy Opera and The John Austin Big Band.
He returned to Banding with Lanner in 2006 on EEb bass. Since then he has played on both EEb seats and all three Trombone seats finally returning to the Bass Trombone seat, where he is happiest, in 2016. Ian also runs a 19 piece professional Dance band, “The Nighthawks” and has been teaching brass and saxophones for over 30 years. Ian’s favourite test piece is Contest Music by Wilfred Heaton. His ambition is to pay off his mortgage.