Simon Smith

Simon started playing at the age 8 with St. Keverne Youth Band in Cornwall.

At the age of 13 he progressed to the senior band on 1st horn and it was not long after that he took up the Solo Horn seat.

Whilst with St.Keverne (Britain's most southerly band) the band represented the South West twice at the Royal Albert Hall in the National Finals, before being promoted to the Championship Section.

At the age of 18, Simon moved to London to study Civil Engineering at University. During these years, Simon had a brief spell playing for the Tilbury Band in the Championship Section of the London and Home Counties Brass Band Association. On graduating with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering, Simon moved to Guildford in Surrey and joined the Friary Guildford Band (formerly Friary Meux Brewery Band) on solo horn and spent several successful years with them in the Championship section. In 1993 Simon won the Southern Counties Solo title.

In February 1999, Simon moved to Whaddon in Buckinghamshire at which time, Simon was invited to join the Virtuosi GUS Band. Since being appointed the band's Principal Horn, Simon has been invited to play with many other Championships Bands, including YBS, Desford Colliery Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

Simon is a Senior Contracts Manager for a London based Civil Engineering Company.