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New solo horn signing for Friary

Friary Brass Band is delighted to announce a further new signing, Morgan Marston who fills the solo horn seat.

Morgan could have started playing euphonium at the age of eight, but after losing out on a game of rock, paper, scissors he ended up playing cornet instead! He played for Menai Bridge Youth Band, and moved up to the senior band when he was about 12 years old. After a few years with the senior band he played principal cornet and sat on the end chair through most of secondary school. He moved to Seindorf Beaumaris when he was 18 where he competed at the National Finals and at the British Open.

Having joined the army aged 18, after basic training and seven months at the Royal Military School of Music, Morgan moved to the Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division at St Athan. He played with a few local bands, most notably City of Cardiff, first in M2 on principal cornet, then at their Championship Section band on 1st horn.

He moved onto tenor horn in 2017 and started at Brunel Brass on solo horn the next year, where he stayed until 2022, before moving to London to join the Band of the Coldstream Guards as a French horn player. Morgan took a break from banding (bar turning out for Brunel Brass on bottom third cornet at the area contest) and depped around locally at brass bands and orchestras in the London area.

Commenting on his appointment at Friary, Morgan admitted: ‘The time out from regular banding was short lived, and the itch to get back into top level banding was strong, so I decided to audition for the horn seat at Friary Brass Band, and the rest is (hopefully) history.’

Friary Chairman David Wicks added: ‘In Morgan we have another strong player with top level contest experience who will prove invaluable in the band's future engagements and contests'.



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