Neil Doherty - Visiting Brass, Theory &Jazz Teacher



Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Neil started playing cornet at the age of 7 in local brass band, Downshire Brass. A few years later he moved onto the trumpet, eager to expand his growing passion for music and exploration of different genres within various ensembles.

In 2005 Neil graduated from The University at Newcastle upon-Tyne, gaining a BA (Hons) in Music, majoring in Performance Studies. During his time here he studied trumpet with George Parnaby and Richard Martin and was very much in demand for bands, artists and session work in the North East Area, getting himself involved in various high profile gigs and touring work. 

Neil has continued playing and teaching throughout the UK & further afield with a variety of bands, shows and artists. Between 2007 & 2010 he joined P&O Cruises, where he played trumpet in the resident orchestra on board Oceana and Oriana respectively.

Neil currently lives in Southampton, South East England working as a freelance trumpet player, arranger and teacher.

Theatre credits include: Annie the Musical (UK Tour); The Mikado (Grand Opera House, Belfast); The Witches of Eastwick (Brewhouse, Burton on Trent)

Orchestral and band credits include: The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular; The New Squadionaires Big Band; European Youth Brass Band 2003; P&O Oceana Orchestra; P&O Oriana Orchestra; P&O Azura Orchestra; P&O Arcadia Orchestra; National Youth Music Theatre Big Band; Groovenik; Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra; Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra; Belfast Studio Symphony Orchestra; Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra (BBC Big Band of the Year Winners 2001); Southern Camerata Orchestra.

Visit Neils website at: http://www.neildoherty.co.uk/Neil_Doherty/Home.html

"What has been the highlight of your career so far?"
The highlight of my career was probably when I got the chance to do a world cruise during my time playing in the theatre bands for P&O Cruises. We got to visit some amazing places on our way round the globe, as well as playing for some fantastic artists and entertainers. One gig included playing on a huge stage by the beach in Barbados while watching the sun go down.

"What advice would you give to a student wanting to take music into further education?"
My advice to students is always try to grab every opportunity to try something different. I think it's important for any young musician to try to be as versatile as they can, learn how to adapt to different styles and be able to fit in with that genre. Doing your homework by listening to lots of fantastic and different players is key, and never pass up any opportunity to hear any of these people live!

"Who or what is your main inspiration?"
I've got far too many heroes to list, I've been fortunate enough to meet and hang out with a number of players I aspire to sound like, such as Arturo Sandoval, Wayne Bergeron, Thomas Gansch, Terrance Blanchard and Maynard Ferguson. Hearing them play as well as asking them questions and advice is something I still treasure today.




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