Cara was a late-comer to brass banding, having been an accomplished Flautist and Piccolo player for many years. She began playing at the age of 8 under Elena Short and was principle of Stockport Youth Orchestra and Stockport Schools Senior Wind. Here she undertook tours around Europe and many engagements locally including playing Mozart’s Concerto in D at Stockport town Hall. While attending Stockport Grammar School, as well as playing in its various bands and orchestras, she achieved her grade 8 distinction at the age of 13. She then went on to complete the dipABRSM and LRSM diplomas over the next 5 years.
In 2003, Cara went to Durham University and joined the University College Orchestra, and by 2004 she was the principle conductor. She continued in this post, along with various freelance jobs, until leaving university. After university Cara moved to London to work and apart from performing on stage in many musicals, her playing career took a back burner. It wasn’t until 2010, when she moved back up to the North West and was asked to ‘help out’ with tuned percussion at The Marple Band, that her brass banding career began.
After a spell at Marple and a brief stint at Silk Brass, Cara joined the Vernon Building Society (Poynton Band) in 2011 under Kevin Gibbs. She is thoroughly enjoying contesting and performing in concerts with the band and its new conductor Colin Short and looks forward to playing here for many years to come. She would like to give a big thanks to Dave Johnson for teaching her how to bang the pots and pans with style!