Solo Euphonium -
It was April 1993, The Bluebells were at number 1 in the charts with ‘Young at Heart’, England World Cup winner Bobby Moore had recently passed away, Bill Clinton had not long since been voted in as the president of the USA and a 9 year old skinny boy was making an idiot out of himself by turning up at Haydock Youth Brass Band with his mum’s old trumpet - causing great looks of disgust from all.
Not helping matters, Danny pretended to know what he was doing and subsequently began to stare at the other young players’ valves. He thought that by blowing and copying their valve movements a good 2 seconds after theirs that no-one would notice that he didn’t have a clue. After about 5 seconds of cluelessness he was sussed out and taken to one side by a chap called Ste Roscoe who showed him what a C major scale was, how to read it and how to actually play it!
From then Danny played tenor horn until the age of 14 for Dave Chadwick’s Haydock Youth Band before signing for Greenalls Brass Band on solo horn. He had to switch onto baritone as a result of getting braces before signing again for Haydock Youth Band on Bb Bass (Danny admits to being an awful bass player)! Both euphonium players decided to leave 2 weeks before Whit Friday of that year (2000?). Danny was asked to play solo euph and has never looked back!
With Haydock Youth Brass Band (later Valley Brass (Haydock) Band) Danny contributed to winning numerous contests, most notably the National Youth Championships of Great Britain and The National Finals in 2005. He also had the pleasure of performing in front of more than 11,000 people at the grand opening of the Liverpool Echo Arena!
Danny has dep’ed for numerous bands, playing at many contests and concerts around the country. Some of his most enjoyable moments in banding have been going to different countries, mainly with Valley Brass Band, including trips to Italy, Holland, France, Germany and, er, Wales.
In 2009 Danny graduated from a BA (Hons) Degree in Music at Salford University, gaining a 2:1. Whilst studying there he was honoured to be Salford University Brass Band’s solo euphonium player under the direction of Professor David King, Dr. Roy Newsome and Dr. Howard Evans.
Danny has more recently had a short stint (about 6 months) of playing with the Bolton Hoover Band under the direction of Trevor Halliwell, including a trip to the National Finals – a great bunch!!
Danny also conducts the Flixton Community Band and is always keen to welcome new members.