Category Archives: Alumni

Reuben Fowler

Reuben occupied a trumpet chair in NYJO from 2007/12 and was awarded the John Baker Memorial Prize for Brass in 2012.

Felix Higginbottom

Felix began playing with NYJO in 2007 when he was just 14, as a last-minute percussion dep for a gig in Cambridge – he subsequently occupied the percussion chair full-time from 2012/14.

Geoff Castle

Geoff, the son of musical parents, started piano lessons aged 8 and, ten years later, in 1967, joined NYJO.

Dick Pearce

Dick joined the trumpet section of NYJO in 1967, playing for a two-year spell before enlisting in the Household Cavalry.

Andy Panayi

Andy played saxophone in NYJO during the late 80s/early 90s before embarking on a professional music career.

Simon Allen

Simon occupied a saxophone chair in NYJO from 1999/2003, later becoming a winner in the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz competition and a finalist in Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

Tommy Laurence

Tommy occupied the alto sax chair in NYJO from 2002/09, since when he has become a much in-demand music arranger and orchestrator.

Chris Dean

Chris was a boy soldier in the Household Cavalry, studying trombone with Bill Teskey – then Principal Trombone with the BBC Symphony Orchestra – at the Army School of Music at Kneller Hall, before joining NYJO in the mid-70s.

Chris Hunter

Chris had a three-year stint in NYJO during the mid-70s, subsequently receiving an invitation from Gil Evans to move to the States to join his legendary Monday Night Orchestra.