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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Daniel hits right note with top brass band

A Broughton Moor musician will play trombone with one of the best brass bands in the world.

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MUSICIAN: Daniel McLaughlin, of Broughton Moor

Daniel McLaughlin, 19, of Meadowlands, has been invited to play with the Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

He will play at London’s Royal Albert Hall later this year as part of the national brass band championships.

Daniel, who is also a pianist, has played with the band to fill in for other members, but this week he was asked to join as a permanent member.

When 16, he obtained a diploma from Trinity College in London. It is a standard more usually gained after three years of university study.

Daniel, who is studying for a music degree at Huddersfield University, said he was thrilled at the chance to play with a band that was ranked 10th in the world.

He said: “The piano is still my main instrument but now I am giving the trombone almost equal time.”

He has played the trombone, as a second instrument, for some years, and with his parents Aileen and John he was a member of Dearham Brass Band.

Daniel began formal piano lessons at the age of five and at 10 he was playing complicated classical music in front of audiences.

He was also tutored by his grandfather, George Atkinson of Maryport, retired music teacher from Whitehaven School.

Daniel’s ambition is to become a musical director, which was a bug that he caught when he carried out the role for Maryport Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s centennial production of Gypsy. He was only 18 at the time.

The young musician said he was enjoying university and the opportunity to play both piano, for which he is still winning awards, and trombone.

He said he was now looking forward to appearing at Birmingham Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He will also visit Rotterdam at the end of the year with the university swing band to which he also belongs.

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