Euphonium strength in depth at Friary


The arrival of Sam Noden, solo euphonium with the Band of the RAF Regiment, further strengthens Friary’s euphonium section, headed by ex-Cory baritone player Chris Straker. With a banding career that started at the age of seven and includes time at the Royal Northern College of Music, Dobcross, VBS Poynton and Regent, Sam was an ideal dep to cover for Covid-struck Mike Trumble at the Grand Shield in May and has since joined the Band.

Joining the RAF as a musician during the pandemic, Sam has already been involved in a number of high-profile events including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and most recently, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant Parade.

“Joining a band such as Friary feels so special to me,” Sam commented. “Looking at results that the Band have had over the past few years, I know that the Band is one of the best, not only in London and Southern Counties, but also the rest of the country. I am looking forward to all the challenges that will come and hope that we can keep progressing as an ensemble. I would like to thank Chris King for giving me the opportunity and also all the rest of the Band for the warm welcome,” he concluded.

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