Melissa Brown – Chatteris Town Band Musical Director and Conductor
Melissa was born in Cambridgeshire and began studying trombone with Duncan Wilson in 2006. After winning a place and completing her degree in performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, she graduated with honours in July 2013 having studied primarily with Phil White and Mark Templeton and has performed in masterclasses with Denis Wick, Don Lucas and Byron Fulcher.
As a player she is flexible, performing extensively with orchestras, brass bands, big bands and pit bands wherever the opportunities have arisen on tenor and alto trombones, euphonium and baritone. Notable performances to date include working with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and performances in some of the UK’s top named venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Bar. She has also worked abroad performing in 2012 in Chennai, India, working with esteemed film composer Ilaiyaraaja.
Alongside her performing career she is a dedicated brass tutor for Tower Hamlets Arts and Music Education Service (THAMES), Newham’s “Every Child a Musician” scheme and Redbridge Music Service.
Melissa was a member of Chatteris Town Band whilst growing up in Cambridgeshire and began working with Chatteris Town Band again as their full-time musical director in 2014. The band are the successful pioneers of the annual massed brass band charity event that draws together over 40 participants each year to put on a concert raising money for a nominated charity. They have recently raised over £950 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
She looks forward to helping the band rebuild and has strong aims for further fruitful concerts and the aim for the band to be in a strong position to re-join the competing community over the next few years.