Meet The Quartet
Claire began learning the piano when she was eight. Later she began learning the saxophone and has played in several bands and ensembles over the years. At school she also took up the clarinet to add another string to her bow. After a period of not playing, Claire returned to the saxophone and has been busy playing with local bands ever since.
Guy has been playing saxophone and clarinet, on and off, from his teenage years. In recent times he has played in the Caithness Symphony Orchestra and Thurso Big Band. He currently plays in the Derby Concert Band and also plays for local pantomimes and theatre productions.
Melissa has been involved in music from a very early age, going on to read music at The University of Nottingham where her first performance study was piano. After graduating in 2004, she undertook a Masters in Music, specialising in researching the development of the piano. As well as the piano, Melissa plays saxophones, flute and clarinet. She plays in the Derby Concert Band and regularly performs with a range of other bands and ensembles. Melissa offers private instrumental tuition and she teaches as a peripatetic tutor in local schools.
Ian began learning the saxophone whilst still at primary school. At first it was a casual hobby with his attention mostly focused on sport - particularly on football ! However, when it transpired that professional stardom was not to be, music began to play an ever increasing role in his life. After playing in school swing and jazz bands, Ian was recruited to the Henley Farrell Big Band with whom he still plays. During his years at university Ian studied Publishing with English, but he also began to learn to play flute and clarinet. After graduating in 2004, Ian undertook a PGCE in Primary Education. He now works as a classroom teacher at Outwoods Edge Primary School in Loughborough.