Sam was born in Stoke Gabriel, Devon, UK and went to school at KEVICC in Totnes, commencing piano tuition from a young age and starting the trumpet at age 11.
He was an early adopter of the Totnes Saturday Music School (now called SaMMS) and attended its first Brass Group session in June 2001.
Performing widely at KEVICC and SaMMS, he left with Grade 8 Trumpet and an A at Music A-Level to spend time studying Music at the University of Bristol and furthering his trumpet studies with Dean Wright, Principal Trumpet of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
Sam has also been fortunate enough to attend workshops and masterclasses with the internationally-acclaimed trumpet players Alison Balsom, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Eric Vloeimans and Steve Waterman as well as the Brass and Percussion Departments at the highly-celebrated Wells Cathedral School.
He is committed to continuing professional development and is now furthering his trumpet and jazz studies with highly-regarded jazz and improvising trumpet player Nick Malcolm (teacher of Jazz Trumpet at Wells Cathedral School).
Eigenlabs & The Eigenharp
Sam combined part-time study with his role as in-house musician at the electronic musical instrument research and development company Eigenlabs between 2007-2010. This involved performing, composing, and arranging music for the Eigenharp alongside the other extremely talented musicians including London-based electronic musician and saxophonist Ian Ritchie, electronic musician and composer Dave Kemp, guitarist and songwriter Mark Ben Wilson and composer/pianist Finlay Crowther.
Sam is thoroughly committed to music education and has ten years of experience of individual and group brass, music theory, aural and composition tuition, both privately and in primary and secondary schools.
He is in his tenth year as Brass Tutor at SaMMS, and is currently tutor of its Concert Band and Jazz Band.
He has also recently been involved in setting up South Devon Youth Jazz – for more details visit http://www.sdyj.co.uk
For full details of Sam’s teaching biography, please visit the Teaching page.
Sam is emerging as a talented trumpet and flugelhorn player and can be found performing in high quality ensembles in a variety of styles – please visit the Performance page for more details or check out Sam’s upcoming Gig diary to see the next performance.
In addition, he enjoys composing and arranging music, especially for jazz, brass and wind ensembles and has had his music performed by excellent ensembles across the country. Please visit the Composition page for more details.
Check out the Media page for some video and audio examples of the above!
Sam has a lot of people to thank for their part in his music education, some of which will be listed below, but a thank you goes out to everyone who has given their help and support over the years, especially:
Jill Bird, Kathy Banks, Lewis Riley, Dean Wright, Catherine Tyler, Nick Malcolm, Andy Stark, Bristol University Music Department, Richard Burdett, Dr Ian Wellens, Dave Holdsworth, Dr Gary Bayley, Mike Westbrook, Bob Humphries, the Eigenlabs team, Wells Cathedral School, and everyone else who isn’t mentioned but deserves a thank you.