Name: Harry Bassett.
Instruments: Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Keyboard and Vocals.
Favourite Instrument: Trumpet.
Fun Fact: Harry once played a solo piece at the Royal Albert Hall! In front of 500 other musicians and 1000 choir members.
Qualifications: Harry has a BTEC Extended Diploma in Popular Music and this September coming, Harry will be heading to London to complete a BMus in Classical Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
Harry's Story: Harry's musical journey started a bit differently to most! Harry didn't come from a musical family and he didn't start lessons at school and fall in love - rather, he discovered Bournemouth Carnival Band who dress up as Spiderman, Batman and various other superhero's to perform. As you can imagine, this was absolutely captivating and Harry became their biggest fan almost instantly.
In fact, Harry made his support for the band so well known that they actually made him an honorary member, and this is where he picked up the bugle for the first time at age 6. Harry learned the trumpet, bugle and cornet purely by ear and decided that he wanted to learn a bit of percussion as well, all around the age of 7. Since then Harry has been music mad and has gone on to do a wide range of exciting things!
Now, Harry is: Since 2017 Harry has been tutoring and leading Music and Drama classes at Victoria Education Centre. Harry likes to combine music and drama and incorporates sessions of Resonance Board Therapy.
Around this role, Harry also works as a private music teacher and has done since 2018. He is a Musical Director at Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists and lastly, Harry plays for a number of local bands and covers almost every genre! These include the Decatonics (Ska + Reggae), Verwood Concert Brass Band, Mischa and His Merry Men (playing an array of genres!), as well as in pit ensembles for local theatre productions.
For Harry, teaching is: "very rewarding". Harry enjoys seeing his student's confidence develop and likes that it can teach many transferable skills to the student, such as social skills. Music is "a great way for people of all ages to express themselves" and Harry loves to see people achieve.
Goals for the future: In the future, Harry aims to keep a mix of projects on the go to keep things interesting and to constantly learn new things - all while continuing to inspire young people to take up music regardless of their situation.
Thank you so much Harry, it's been so great to talk to you and hear what you've been up to - it all sounds amazing. If you are looking for a well rounded and knowledgeable brass teacher, be sure to get in touch with Harry - all the information you need can be found at https://www.harrybassettmusic.co.uk/contact and if you want to see Harry and the Decatonics perform, be sure to check out the St Leonards Summer Music Festival, taking place 21st-23rd May 2021! Tickets available at https://www.playitagainuk.com/stleonardsliveunlockedfestival