Martin Bunce AGSM studied Trumpet under Howard Snell at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, winning various music prizes and achieving an Associateship Diploma for performance & teaching in 1974. He first achieved fame as principal trumpet with the London Schools Symphony Orchestra and later with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra appearing as a featured artiste on BBC 2 ‘In Concert’ and ‘Pebble Mill’ programmes.
As a freelance trumpet player, he has performed and recorded with many UK orchestras and famous artistes, most notably the London Symphony Orchestra, The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Led Zeppelin and Bryan Adams. He has appeared in a Monty Python film, toured with The Petula Clark Orchestra, the London Tijuana Showband and The Drifters pop group. He is regularly employed with London Fanfare Trumpets, Thames fanfare Brass and The British State Trumpeters. He is currently employed as a music tutor for the London borough of Bromley, St David’s College Beckenham and the Royal Russell School Croydon. Until recently he was principal trumpet of Bromley Symphony Orchestra and musical director/conductor of Merton Concert Band and Eltham Park PSA Orchestra.
Martin is also a skilled arranger/composer; his most popular composition ‘Marianne’ a feature for flugelhorn appears on ‘The Very Best of NYJO’ a 4 CD set (PBX CD 458). His Trumpet playing can be heard on ‘The London Trumpet Sound’ CD from Cala Records (Vol’s 1 & 2 CACD0113/4). He is also the musical driving force behind the highly successful function band BRASS FARTHINGS LIVE MUSIC SERVICE www.brassfarthings.co.uk