The executive committee are a group of students responsible for running the brass society. They are voted for each year and ensure the continuation of the society as well as plan and organise the wide range of concerts and socials the society has each year.
The Current Executive Committee
President - Emma Poppleton
Emma is in her fourth year of an Engineering degree and has been playing the trombone since she was 12. She loves being in BrassSoc and the rehearsals, contests and socials have been a big part of her time at university with trips to the pub after rehearsal on a Wednesday being a weekly highlight. Having been on the exec for the last 2 years, Emma is very much looking forward to being the chief organiser and working with the rest of the team.
Aside from her studies and BrassSoc, Emma is a big Wallace and Gromit fan and also enjoys baking, growing plants (rather limited in student accommodation) as well as exploring and learning about old buildings and places.
Treasurer - Chris Quinn
Chris is a third year Discrete Mathematics Student. He started playing the cornet when he was 11 and went on to playing Tuba after a couple of weeks after joining Brass Society, because why not? He grew up with his parents playing tuba and trombone, and used to watch Brassed Off all the time as a child (fast forwarding the rude parts). After experiencing the highlights of Tri-Uni trip to Leeds in first year, his favourite part of his second year was running the
Tri-Uni circle with Durham at the glorious place that is Kelsey's.
Outside of Brass, Chris swims all the time for competitive Lifesaving and enjoys a good hooch. He reaaaallly loves being treasurer after giving up the mantle of Social Sec.
Secretary - Joshua Swain
Joshua is a third year maths student from Wales. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 10 and soon joined a brass band where he moved to cornet; although he spent a year playing tenor horn he realised that he much preferred the cornet. Before coming to university he was a member of Goodwick Community Brass Band and had performed at competitions with the Pembrokeshire school's brass band.
Highlights from his first two years in BrassSoc include winning LBBA, performing at UniBrass , Whit Friday and being Beginners coordinator in his second year. Joshua is looking forward to the challenges being secretary will bring in the coming year.
Marketing Manager - Joey Gold
Joey is a second year discrete mathematics student. He had been playing trumpet for 8 years before joining the Brass Society and switching to cornet. In that time, he had played in his school orchestra, jazz band and brass ensemble but had never played in a full sized brass band before coming to university. Needless to say, he has loved the experience and is massively looking forward to another year of it.
Since joining brass, Joey has particularly enjoyed carolling, Unibrass and socials. Outside of brass, he spends his time Thai Boxing, cooking and doing maths.
Concert Manager - Lucy Deans
Lucy is a second year history student, and has been playing music since she was about 8 years old. Before coming to university, she played with her local symphony orchestras on French Horn, but has since taken up Tenor Horn at university in order to get stuck in with even more music societies at Warwick!! Her highlight from last year would have to be competing with the Brass Band for the first time at Unibrass and hopes to get involved with more of the Brass Society contests this year as Concert Manager.
Despite spending more hours in the music centre than she has contact hours, Lucy also enjoys running and napping in the few minutes of free time she can find in each week.
Librarian & Equipment Manager - Millie Bryant
Millie is a second year MORSE student and has been playing the trumpet since a young age, before switching to cornet to play in brass bands in her local area. She now plays 2nd cornet in the band and is excited to undertake the role of librarian and equipment manager to fulfil the band’s needs, as well as attempting not to lose or forget any instruments (this is harder than it may seem!). Her favourite events this year have been Unibrass and circling for POP, because who doesn’t love a few cheeky pints of Purple.
Outside of brass, Millie enjoys sailing, the many social events offered throughout the year, and complaining about how many contact hours her course has.
Social Secretary - Samantha Paddington
Sam is a second year chemistry student who has played the trumpet since she was 8. She has most experience playing in concert bands and orchestras but has enjoyed becoming more involved in brass and jazz since joining university.
She can almost always be found in one of three places; the pub, in POP or in bed.
Her highlights of first year include the MC ball and Unibrass which she remembers very little of, but you will certainly hear many stories in the pub after rehearsals.
Symphonic Brass Coordinator - Joe Morgan
Joe is a fourth year Engineering Student and plays trumpet in a variety of university ensembles. He plays Principle Trumpet in the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Brass and Principle Cornet in the Brass Band. His musical experience is mostly in orchestral playing, having been a member of numerous ensembles in and around his hometown of Cardiff, but he has also played in both Musicals and Big Bands. He has also dabbled in cornet playing from time to time.
When he’s not playing the trumpet Joe enjoys cooking, POP!, anything described as ‘red and full-bodied’, and is a firm believer that a day is not complete without a trip to the pub.
Beginners Brass Coordinator - Madison Harris
Madison is a second year Classical Civilisation student and has been playing trombone since the age of 8. Brass Society is the first time Madison has competed in a brass band and is thoroughly enjoying it (even if we don’t always win!). Highlights of her first year include UniBrass in Bangor and Tri-Uni, as well as the many trips to POP! and the pub after rehearsal.
Outside of brass, Madison enjoys baking, watching tv and going on long walks with her dogs. She is looking forward to being joint co-coordinator for Beginners’ Brass this year and is excited to see what another year in the society has to offer!
Beginners Brass Coordinator - Sebastian Hamilton
Sebastian is a second year engineering student from Oxfordshire. He started playing trumpet when he was 8 and played in various classical ensembles from this point on. He ventured onto French Horn for a year but his passion for playing the trumpet urged him to move back. When he arrived in main band he switched over to cornet and his fondness for the instrument grew over time, though he won’t admit that to anyone.
His highlights of the year have been playing front row for several contests including UniBrass which this year was held in Bangor.