‘I’ve been studying music at the Conservatorium. I’ve actually got my graduation this afternoon.’

If you could describe the trumpet as a human, how would you describe it?

‘Like a drunken boxer – it feels like getting punched in the face a bit. It’s like mashing a piece of plumbing in to one of the softest bits of my body.’

Have you ever been punched in the face?

‘Yeah… It’s got its comparisons.’

 

‘I nearly lost my grandma once. That was really terrifying because I grew up with her. It was just the two of us at home and she just collapsed one day. I was about 14 at the time. She had a bad reaction to medication. I panicked and called Triple 0 and cried for the rest of the night. But she was OK in the end.’

What’s one thing you love most about your grandmother?

‘She’s very understanding. I went through a tough time in my teenage years and she stood by me and was always supportive. She’s always been there for me and doesn’t judge.’

‘My grandmother passed away when I was 18 on Valentine’s Day. I was off celebrating it and she died. That was really horrible.’

What’s one thing that sticks in your mind that your grandmother said to you?

‘If you lot don’t stop mucking around, I’m going to give you a bunch of fives!’