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Soloist, Tutor and Military Musician

John Storey is a euphonium and trombone player based in the South East of the UK. After becoming a member of his first band at the age of eight, he joined the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain at 16 before reaching the brass final of BBC Young musician of the year in 1996.

John went on to study music at the University of Huddersfield under the guidance of the late Geoffrey Whitham. During this time he also joined the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.

After graduating, John joined the Band of the Coldstream Guards as Principal Euphonium. Throughout his time in the band John was privileged to play at many traditional state occasions such as Trooping of the Colour and the Festival of remembrance. He has also performed at many prestigious Royal occasions.

John was posted to the Band of the Royal Logistic Corps in April 2014 and is currently the Principal euphonium at the British Army Band Sandhurst (based at the Royal Military Academy).

As well as travelling around the world with the bands, John has represented the army internationally as a guest soloist. In 2000 he was invited to Kingston, Jamaica by the country’s Defence Force Band as visiting soloist for the Capital’s Easter Celebrations. John has performed as a soloist at the US Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Workshop in Washington DC in 2003, 2013 and in 2018. A trip he made again earlier in 2020 with the British Army Brass Band.

John cites one of his career highlights as performing the Her Majesty the Queen at an intimate concert in Windsor Castle (a performance that was later mentioned in dispatches). A second great moment was being part of the fanfare team opening the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London.

Outside of the military, John continues to be involved in the brass world, playing with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Brass at their Cadogan Hall concerts in 2013 and 2015 with Allen Vizzutti, performing a duet with Allen on the 2015 concert.

John continues to be a regular performer and recording artist with the multi award winning progressive rock band, Big Big Train; Performing with them on their shows in London in 2015 and 2017 and throughout the UK on their tour in 2019.

John is available for solo performance, tuition and masterclasses as a besson artist.

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