Jo was ‘late to the party’ in terms of brass bands! Originally she was a pianist, a hobby which might have gone further had she not realised her complete inability to play in public. At school she experimented with other instruments: the guitar, flute, violin and viola, before deciding that the piano was preferable though not very transportable. On hearing that her beloved instrument was in need of some serious remedial work, and not having the money to do it, she bought a saxophone in a fit of pique, even though she couldn’t play it and had no real intent to learn. She did eventually blow the dust off it, and even blew the saxophone after a skating accident shattered her wrist and reduced her piano playing ability to the quality of her piano. She joined Skegness Silver Band in 2012 despite her continued inability to play in public.
‘I never had any thoughts to join a brass band, although I loved to listen to them. My mother and I used to become very emotional when we saw brass bands and marching bands and I often thought I’d like to play, but the combination of crying and trying to blow notes at the same time seemed a step too far! Back in 2011, I happened to be invited to a night of Carol Singing at Bateman’s Brewery at which Skegness Silver Band were playing, and somehow, no-one is very sure how, I managed to sign up! I decided to have a go at tenor horn simply because it played in the same key as my sax. That was the only similarity and in the weeks that followed my children tolerated the intolerable noises emanating from my practise room. I eventually emerged, light headed and exhausted, having managed to play a few passable scales. The rest, they say, is history!’