Brass playing is in Isobel’s DNA with her family’s background firmly rooted in music within The Salvation Army.
Isobel began to play the cornet at the age of 3 under the joint direction of her father, David Daws and the late Maisie Ringham Wiggins MBE.
Isobel moved onto the trombone in September 2008 and within six months she successfully auditioned and gained a scholarship to study trombone and piano at The Purcell School of Music. After 8 years at the Purcell she moved to Chetham’s School to study A Levels. Whilst based in Manchester Isobel was a member of one of the world’s oldest Brass Bands, The Fairey Band.
Now back in London she is currently studying with Matt Gee at the Royal Academy of Music and has returned to her position of solo trombone with Friary Brass Band.
Isobel was one of the five finalists in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year 2014 Brass Category Final. In 2018 she was once again in the Brass Category Final where she went on to be crowned the winner. In 2017 Isobel was the winner of the BBC Young Brass Award playing live on Radio 2, as the winner she was the featured soloist at the British Open Brass Band Contest, accompanied by Cory, the World’s No 1 ranked band.
Isobel is alumni of the Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama, The National Children’s and Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain as well as The National Children’s and Youth Orchestras of Great Britain.
Adam started playing at the ripe old age of 8 at Heathcote C of E school, where Adam (being Adam) chose the biggest instrument they had, and so trombone it had to be. With the only Brass Band in the Scouting movement just around the corner, Adam joined his first band, First Ash Vale Scout Band, and when forcibly ejected from the Scouts Adam, at the age of 16, started his relationship with Friary.
At his first Friary rehearsal, at the beginning of 1984, Adam was put on Bass Trombone because he was limited to being able to read Bass Clef only. Since then Adam has been a regular Friary member, with the exception of a one year hiatus when he played for rival band, Alder Valley. After much persuasion (from Alder Valley members!), Adam returned to the band he knew best.
Adam claims that his most embarrassing moment was at Crawley contest when he came in two bars early - everyone in the audience knew it was him! ...or maybe it was when he painted his case bright yellow with Blitz in black on the side ready for a tour of Germany… or maybe it was sleeping under the band bus after a heavy night of drinking… or maybe it was getting up on stage during a contest and telling bad jokes while the audience waited for the results … or maybe it was…the list could go on!
Ian started playing trombone at school. He progressed through the NYBBGB and joined the army at 18. After a spell as a bandsman in 2nd Batallion RGJ, Ian completed the Bandmaster's course at Kneller Hall. His final appointment was as Senior Bandmaster at KH.
As well as playing trombone for Friary, Ian also conducts 2nd Section Band, LGB (Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass). In real life, Ian is a Training Manager for Southern (the train people).