Aaron Wolfe - 2nd Baritone

Aaron first picked up a brass instrument aged 7 at Tonacliffe Primary School in Whitworth, under the tuition of Eric Landon. After starting on cornet he soon moved onto the tenor horn following which he joined the Whitworth Youth Band. At the age of 10 Aarons’ sister Keely Dermody who played in the Whitworth Vale & Healey Brass Band put an E-flat bass into the back of her car and told Aaron he would be playing bass from now. At the age of 14 Aaron was invited to join the main band where he played next to childhood friend, Owen Garbutt. Aaron moved onto Principal E-flat when Owen departed for the Fairey Band. In 2007 Aaron moved to Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School Sixth Form, during this time he was introduced to composition by Black Dyke star, Andrea Price. It was during his time at the grammar school that Aaron decided to begin tutoring beginners for the Whitworth Youth Band. Whilst studying Aaron attended the International Brass Band Summer School and also joined the Yorkshire Youth Brass Band under the baton of Professor Nicholas Childs, during his time with the band Aaron was privileged to play Principal E-flat bass on numerous occasions, with performances at York Minster, Leeds Town Hall and the Bridgewater Hall. In 2010 Aaron began studying for a BA (Hons) in Music at the University of Salford. During his undergraduate studies Aaron received tuition from tuba virtuoso Les Niesh. Aaron majored in Composition and arranging under the guidance of Professor Peter Graham, for which he wrote the work; ‘The Journey of St Cuthbert’, which was highly commended at the Kirklees Composition Competition and was also a finalist in the Fodens Composition Competition Under 23 category. During his final year at Salford Aaron decided to take a year out from banding and left Whitworth band following his participation in the Nationals competition at Cheltenham in 2012. During this time he continued to play in the Salford University Brass Band, in addition he won the ‘Anne Welsh Memorial Ensemble Prize’ three years in a row. In 2013 Aaron graduated with a First Class honours degree, at which point Aaron returned to Whitworth on 2nd Baritone to complete the bands line up for the upcoming Nationals contest. He also applied to study for a Masters in Music Composition at the University of Salford. As part of his studies he was again tutored by Professor Peter Graham, and also Dan Price following PG’s retirement. As part of his Masters degree Aaron wrote a collaborative composition; ‘The Cotton Mill Worker’ which featured Lowry artwork, sound effects and commissioned poem by local poet Pete Clarke. As part of his ‘Community Music’ module Aaron co-established the Whitworth Band Academy (part of the Whitworth Vale & Healey Brass Band organisation). Aaron also studied the brass band adjudication system, discussing the importance of authenticity and interpretation in a musical performance in relation to composer score markings. In April 2015, Aaron went right back to his roots by taking the conducting reigns of the Whitworth Vale & Healey Youth Band from Owen Garbutt. His contest conducting debut was at the NWABBA Rochdale Youth Contest 2015, where the band picked up awards for; Best Soprano, Highest Placed NWABBA Band and the Youngest Player. Aaron counts; The Lost Chord, Dances & Arias, Labour & Love, Volcano, Paganini and Vienna Nights amongst his favourite pieces for brass band, although admits he would rather be sat listening to these pieces than playing them! Aaron listens to a range of genres including; Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Ludovico Einaudi, Shostakovich, Weber and Wagner.

Previous/Other Bands

Whitworth Vale & Healey Youth Band
Adelphi Brass Band
Salford University Brass Band

Results

Date Contest Position Conductor