April 11, 2017

Young talent added to Percussion team

By stdennisband

Further to the recent addition of John Mitchell to the percussion team. St Dennis Band are pleased to announce the signing of Joseph Broughton.

Joseph began playing the drums aged 5 in January 2009 and shortly after relocating to Cornwall, Joseph joined St Austell Youth Band in January 2014 under the Direction of Mark Arnold. Mark taught Joseph to play the timps and be an all round percussionist. At the end of his first year with St Austell Youth he won The Most Promising Player award. Joseph’s highlight with St Austell Youth Band was winning the Youth Section at Bugle in June 2015.

In May 2015 Joseph joined Indian Queens, again under Musical Director Mark Arnold and rose to the challenge of playing in a senior band. Within his first few months at Indian Queens, Joseph played in his first competition at Exmouth where Indian Queens won the best percussion section on the day – across all section bands who played at the competition. This was a great highlight of Joseph’s time at Indian Queens.

Joseph has been a member of the Cornwall Youth Wind Orchestra (CYWO) percussion section since September 2015. He throughly enjoys the monthly rehearsals and a highlight of his first year with CYWO was the trip to the Isles of Scilly to take part in a performance and workshops with school children.

Since joining Penrice Academy in 2015 Joseph has joined the school orchestra playing in school productions and local events and has recently chosen Music an an option to take on to GCSE and in March 2017 passed his London College of Music grade 6 drum kit exam with distinction.

Joseph is looking forward to the busy year ahead with St Dennis Band.