Horn soloist Ross Dunne gives 5 minute masterclasses

Besson artist Ross Dunne gives a series of 5 minute masterclasses for 4barsrest audiences. Ross Dunne is the solo horn player of Welsh Champion Tredegar Town Band and was awarded the 'Best Instrumentalist' accolade at the 2020 Welsh Regional Championships. Ross has recently graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff with a first class performance degree in Tenor Horn, during which course he was tutored by world-renowned tenor horn soloist, Owen Farr. Ross is launching his online teaching service and is available for lessons as of 7th September 2020. Ross is also soon to release his debut soloist CD, accompanied by Tredegar Town Band, conducted by Ian Porthouse.

Read more about Ross, his teaching, and CD release after the masterclass videos below.

Masterclass No. 1

The first of Ross' 5-minute masterclass, he talks about the importance of wind power.

Masterclass No. 2

The second masterclass, Ross discusses the use of regular practice regimes with regards to the use of the tongue and wind control, building on the previous masterclass on wind power.

Masterclass No. 3

Ross Dunne talks about the elements of the embouchure in his third masterclass.

More about Ross...

Ross Dunne began his musical journey with Cwmbran Brass in 2005 at the age of seven, and quickly became involved in the Gwent Music Service and the Gwent Youth Brass Band. The experience of playing in such venues as the Royal Albert Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham with the Gwent Youth Brass Band inspired Ross to pursue performing, and went on to play with National Children's and National Youth Brass Bands of Great Britain, along with National Youth Brass Band of Wales of which he has the fondest of memories.

In 2011, Ross joined Pontypool Brass Band, conducted by Owen Farr, and in 2013 moved to play Solo Horn with the Llwydcoed Band, aiding them in their promotion to the Championship Section under the guidance of Christopher Turner. In 2015, at the age of sixteen, Ross was invited by Philip Harper to play 1st Horn with the Cory Band, winning the National Championships later that year, and contributing towards the famous 2016 ‘Grand Slam’ which saw the band win the European Championships, the British Open Championships, the National Championships, and the Brass in Concert Championships in the course of a single year.

In 2016, Ross started studying at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff under the guidance of friend and mentor Owen Farr. In June 2020, Ross graduated with First Class Honours. During this time Ross appeared as a finalist on the BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award in 2018, accompanied by the Foden’s Band. Since 2018, Ross has been thoroughly enjoying playing Solo Horn with the Tredegar Town Band under the leadership of Ian Porthouse, regularly being featured as a soloist with the band, and winning the Best Instrumentalist prize at the Welsh Regional Championships in 2020. Ross Recorded his debut solo CD with Tredegar in November 2019, but the release has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Ross is in growing demand as a guest soloist, band player, and teacher, having performed throughout the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Sweden, and the USA over his career thus far.

Online teaching

Ross is launching his online teaching service from 7th September 2020 for all valved brass players of all ages and standards to help improve long term skills to enhance and develop practice and performance. Ross believes in a systematic approach to practice, building on the fundamentals of playing to develop the all-round abilities of a player.

"I draw upon my extensive research of brass methods to provide you with a thorough understanding of the basics of brass playing, and to create a systematic routine that is tailored to you. Additionally, I can give advice on solo and band repertoire, along with the mental and psychological challenges involved with brass playing."

- Ross Dunne, musician

Lessons will be carried out over Zoom, where Ross will provide feedback on the pre-recorded videos of the student submitted to him in advance.

More information about Ross' teaching can be found on his Facebook page.

Interested in lessons? Contact Ross on 07775 471830 or email him at rossdunne98@gmail.com. Simply email me your name, instrument, what band you play for (or if you do not), and where you are from.

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