Martin Howarth – trumpet
Martin has been performing with GMP Band since 2013. He is a multi-instrumentalist playing trumpet, guitar, bass guitar and percussion. He started playing cornet at the age of 11 under the expert tutorage of Brian Mather, the then principle cornet of the Besses of The Barn brass band. From that time forward, music has played a massive part of Martin’s life.
He has played a wide range of musical styles over the years and has performed with brass bands, wind orchestras, military bands, jazz groups, big bands, pit orchestras and soul / funk bands. He has worked on shows including West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chicago, Copacabana, Les Miserables and the Rocky Horror Show. He has also worked on large number of studio sessions both with bands and as a freelance player. Immediately prior to joining GMP, Martin spent twelve years playing with the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers (Lancashire) band.
As a dedicated volunteer for GMP, Martin plays in the trumpet section of the symphonic wind band, and is also the lead trumpet for the big band, jazz ensemble, dixie band and fanfare team.
Martin has been lucky enough to perform live in most European countries, Scandinavia, North America, Canada, the Carribean and Ramsbottom.
“Music has provided me with so much opportunity that it’s hard to remember and believe some of the great things I have done. It also brought me together with my wife Lisa, who I met purely as a result of our shared love of music. If I had to pick out some musical highlights of the last 39 years they would have to include playing the coronation fanfare for the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during their visit to Gorton Monastery; recording an album at Abbey Road studios; playing live on American network TV and the most high pressure gig ever – playing trumpet voluntary at my sister’s wedding as she walked down the aisle.”
As well as music, Martin’s other passions (apart from his wife of course) are motorcycling, cooking, relaxing and most recently, and geeky, flying model planes.