Second Season Syndrome/The Difficult Second Album

So, I guess writing my own blog carries some implied conceit that my life is worth reading about. Whilst debating what to post, I decided to avoid the difficult second ‘album’ by giving you more of an idea of what makes me the person I am. So, in no particular order, here goes.

Let’s start with the basics. If you’ve not worked out my name yet then I’ll just give you a nudge in the direction of the blog title. I’m based in South Cheshire and have recently left my 20’s behind.

I currently have two jobs. I work at a primary school in Cheshire as a Teaching Assistant. I’m just approaching the end of my fifth year in my current school, a post I really enjoy. I also have a self-employed job, teaching brass instruments to children. I only teach a handful of pupils, but it’s more than enough and it’s nice to be able to pass on my own experience to players of the future.

Away from the professional side of me, I’ve got a range of hobbies really. I’m a season ticket holder at Crewe Alexandra (all condolences are very warmly received) whilst I also have a more than passing interest in the fortunes of Everton too. I’ve been following Crewe since 1991 (April Fool’s Day 1991, to be precise), which has been the most bountiful time in the club’s history really. Whilst at college and university I held a job at the club in the ticket office, a very enjoyable little student job that had several perks such as free season tickets and meeting players and the manager (then a rather reputable chap named Dario Gradi).

I’m a keen follower of cricket as well. My team is Derbyshire (again, I don’t half like to pick the winners!) and I always enjoy a trip to the 3aaa County Ground in sunny Derbardos whenever possible. Recently I became a member of the English Cricket Board Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO) and enrolled on the Level 1 scorers course, which I’m looking forward to completing over the coming months.

You can throw a bit more music into the mix, aside from the brass teaching, too. I’m a trombonist (currently enjoying early playing retirement) by trade, whilst the last ten years have seen me move into conducting. I have spent the last 9 years conducting the Lions Beginner Band, an extremely pleasurable and rewarding role. During this time I’ve also written plenty of music for the band, some of which I’ve had published by companies. Over the summer months I hope to be able to announce the launch of my own publishing name, enabling people to buy pieces for beginner groups.

In addition to writing music, I like to write. That’s the point of this blog. I want to write, write and write some more. I will be posting about a writing challenge that I intend to take up during the summer holidays – whether it is doable I don’t know, but we’ll see.

So, that’s me really. You’ll probably see a bit of all of the above over the course of my blogs. I hope you enjoy them.

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