Simon Wyld was born in Derby and began playing the trombone in the Rolls Royce Brass Band at the age of fourteen. Simon went on to become principal trombone with the Derbyshire County Youth Orchestra and the County Jazz Orchestra before entering Goldsmiths College, London University where he studied music. He then went on to the Guildhall School of Music where he studied composition with Buxton Orr and trombone with Eric Crees of the London Symphony Orchestra. Later he returned to Goldsmiths to study composition with Edward Gregson.
Simon qualified as a teacher in 1987 and took up the post of Brass Teacher in Hampshire later that year. In 1988 Simon became Director of the North East Hampshire Area Schools Band and in 1989 a Team Leader for the Hampshire Music Service. Subsequently Simon became an Assistant Manager with the Hampshire Music Service and now holds the position of Leading Professional with responsibility for teaching and learning.
Simon enjoys playing jazz whenever he gets time and has performed with Kenny Ball and Terry Lightfoot. He also enjoys composing and a large number of his works for brass band and school orchestra have been published.
At the end of the 2007 Pre-tour Concert, held at the Princes Hall, Mrs. Allison Price, the then Deputy Head of the Hampshire Music Service, stepped forward to say a few words. It transpired that she and everyone else in the hall were aware that Mr. Wyld had been conducting the Bands for twenty years. Mr. Wyld was not aware that the anniversary had been spotted and was clearly taken by surprise. He was even more surprised when following Mrs. Price's a review of the bands' major achievements over the last twenty years he was presented with a brand new King 3B trombone. The money for this had been raised by current and former members of the bands and their families. Mr. Wyld did manage to thank everyone involved though he was understandably feeling very emotional.
Wendy Brett took up the tuba at the age of ten and was taught by her father who was the Young People's Band Leader for the Salvation Army in Bristol. Whilst at school she continued playing for the Salvation Army as well as playing with the Bristol Schools Brass Band and the Avon School Orchestra. Wendy also learnt to play the double bass and, amongst other things, she played in the orchestra for a musical at the Salvation Army.
At eighteen Wendy went to study at the City of Birmingham Teacher Training College where she played at various concerts and events. Wendy also studied the tuba at the Birmingham School of Music. She became a member of the Salvation Army Divisional Youth Band, Birmingham Citadel Band and Songster Brigade touring at home and abroad.
Wendy took up her first teaching appointment in 1978 at Yeoman's Bridge School in Surrey conducting both the school brass band and choir. In 1980 she directed her first school musical "Half a Sixpence" and has now acted as Musical Director for many more productions! In April 1990 she moved to The Connaught School in Hampshire as Head of Department and in July 1990 also became Head of Year. The following September Wendy became Director of NEWTS (North East Wind Trainers), a windband for instrumentalists up to Grade V and was assisted by Simon Wyld. Due to the success of NEWTS it became necessary to begin a training band, NEWLETTS for instrumentalists up to Grade III. Unfortunately, due to ever increasing commitments in school, Wendy gave up as Director of these two groups in April 1996. In September 1993 Wendy became Assistant to the Director of the North East Hampshire Area Schools Band (NEHASB).
At the Pre-Tour concert held at All Saints School in October 2013, this time it was the turn of Mrs Brett to be surprised. To commemorate her twenty years as the Assistant Director of NEHASB she was presented with flowers, a cake and jewellery. The silver necklace and earings had been especially commissioned to represent the NEHASB logo and were a gift from current and past NEHASB members and their families.
Rotary Club of Fleet Honour
Mr Wyld and Mrs Brett are delighted to have been made Paul Harris Fellows by the Rotary Club of Fleet. The honour, which is normally reserved for Rotarians, reflects their commitment, over a twenty year period, to working with young people to develop their musical and personal skills.