1st Trombone: Scott Stewart
Scott began playing the trombone aged 9 under the tutelage of Colin Burr, the founder of Test Valley Brass (TVB). It was with TVB that Scott began his association with Brass Bands, playing for 22 years achieving 2 consecutive National Titles and promotion from the 4th to the Championship Section in only 6 years.
Scott also played for Hampshire County Youth Band under Maurice Arnold and Leighton Rich spending 3 years on Solo Trombone. Leighton had a profound influence on Scott's love of music as he set high standards whilst actively encouraging the social aspects of brass banding. It was whilst at HCYB that Scott met his future Wife Philippa with whom he now has 2 children.
In 2004 Scott and Philippa moved from TVB to Woodfalls where they enjoyed a warm welcome. There have been some memorable contest performances sometimes rewarded and sometimes not, but nothing stands out like the 4th place at the 2004 All England Masters. Scott relishes the privilege of performing and recording with Woodfalls and continuing to learn from the best conductors in the country.
Outside Band Scott is a keen ex-sportsman who, through injury, now only hacks his way round a golf course and shouts a lot at Sky Sports from his sofa.
2nd Trombone: Martin Dean
Born in South Wales, Martin started his musical career with the Pontypool Brass Band. It was during this time that he performed with a range of musical ensembles, including: Gwent Youth Brass Band; Gwent Youth Orchestra, Big Band and Wind Band. It was in early 1992 that Martin was recruited to be principal trombone of the Parc and Dare Band, before joining The Royal Welsh Fusiliers on Principal trombone in 1993.
Currently, Martin plays bass trombone for The Band of the Army Air Corps, based in Middle Wallop and also performs in the British Army Brass Band. In addition to music, Martin also enjoys skiing and occasionally, finds time for his wife and their Springer Spaniel – Spencer!
Bass Trombone: Remus Sawyerr
Remus started playing brass at secondary school (Montgomery of Alamein School Winchester) when all pupils were asked to apply to play an instrument. After asking to play the trumpet or trombone he was put on to trombone after the music teacher said that there were enough trumpets! Promotion to Bass Trombone came when he arrived at band practice with a new B-flat and F ‘bone. All those hours spent (and bars rest) in the school orchestra were essential to teach himself Bass Clef!
Throughout secondary school he played with both school and area schools bands (later he took on the role of MD of the band in the mid 90’s) and in 1973 became a founder member of the Hampshire Youth Concert Band – Training Band and subsequently progressing to the Concert Band the following year. Highlights of this period include an Albert Hall Youth Finals appearance, band tours to Holland and Switzerland and many prestigious concerts.
Adult banding began with Hampshire Concert Brass a spin off from the senior members of the Youth Band; this was later to become City of Winchester Brass and latterly Otterbourne Brass. The band was active and took part in many successful ventures including recordings and radio broadcasts for the BBC: one memorable summer’s afternoon dash after a college exam, took Remus to the Dome at Brighton for a live ‘Friday Night is Music Night’.
Remus joined Woodfalls in 1986 and has more or less been a fixture of the band ever since; with only a short time off for good behaviour. He has been fortunate to have enjoyed rich periods of success and development with the band; including the opportunity to work with some of the finest brass band conductors in recent years. Highlights include appearances at some of the top concert/contest venues in the UK, band tours to Switzerland, but more importantly the friends he has made from across the country throughout the brass band movement.
Outside of banding he has played with a Rehearsal Band in the Portsmouth area in the 70’s and 80’s which led to radio and television appearances including a prize in the BBC Big Band of the Year Competition. He has also enjoyed playing with orchestras, accompanying choirs and with smaller ensembles including ten piece brass.