Martin Bunce AGSM studied Trumpet under Howard Snell at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, winning various music prizes and achieving an Associateship Diploma (trumpet performance & teaching) in 1974. He first achieved fame as principal trumpet with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and later with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra appearing as a featured artiste on BBC 2 ‘In Concert’ and ‘Pebble Mill’ programmes.
As a freelance trumpet player, he has performed and recorded with many UK orchestras and artistes, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra, The Bournmouth Symphony Orchestra, Led Zeppelin, Petula Clark, The Drifters, Bryan Adams, Monty Python and the London Tijuana Showband. He is currently employed as a music tutor in the boroughs of Bexley and Bromley and has recently been appointed head of Brass for Royal Russell School Croydon. In addition he is musical director and conductor of the Merton Concert Band and the Eltham Park PSA Orchestra.
Martin is also a skilled arranger & composer; his most popular composition ‘Marianne’ appears on ‘The Very Best of NYJO’ a 4 CD set (PBX CD 458). His Trumpet playing can be heard on ‘The London Trumpet Sound’ CD from Cala Records (Vol’s 1 & 2 CACD0113/4). He is the founder member, musical director and driving force behind the highly successful function band BRASS FARTHINGS LIVE MUSIC SERVICE www.brassfarthings.co.uk