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Composer Cast: Paul Saggers

Thursday 25 March, 2021

Paul Saggers is a Cornish composer who learned the cornet from the age of 12 and has enjoyed playing with both Camborne Town Band and Flowers Band. At the age of 25, he decided to pursue a career in the Royal Marines Band Service and is currently based in the Plymouth Band. Paul’s interest in composition has grown since then with a number of competition successes, including a runner-up spot at the 2019 European Brass Band Association Composition Competition.

Christopher Bond catches up with his fellow Cornishman.


Tell us about your musical experiences as a child and how it all began.

PS: I was actually an avid horse-rider as a child, but at the age of 12 I was in an accident and decided the cornet was a much safer hobby. I grew up in Cornwall and played for various brass bands. I started in Newquay Town Band and moved to St Austell, then settled in Camborne Town Band where I spent the majority of my brass band career.

My cornet teacher John Greaves also got me involved in the county wind band and jazz orchestra, which really showed me the versatility of sound. In my early twenties I picked up a trumpet and this gave me more options to play in cover bands and other ensembles until I joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 2010. 


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