When Sam Jennings was in reception class his school report said he had “little or no interest in music whatsoever”.
But he has more than made up for his lack of enthusiasm since then – and now at 21 is getting work from some of the country’s top orchestras.
The former Guiseley schoolboy is in his fourth year studying bass trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
He has been invited to play with some of the country’s best orchestras, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic.
Sam’s interest in music began in primary school when he took up the saxophone after being influenced by friends who wanted to learn an instrument.
In secondary school he joined the Leeds Youth Concert Band on sax and took up the bass trombone with the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra.
His music has taken him on many tours throughout Europe and two trips to South Africa, and he now hopes to build a career as a professional He said: “As a bass trombone player at the RNCM I have and still am playing in various ensembles that they put on, such as the symphony orchestra in which I have played numerous times with top conductors such as Garry Walker, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Jac Van Steen and Roland Böer, including a trip to Montipulciano in Italy as part of the Cantiere international arts festival. I have also performed on many occasions with the big band at the RNCM, with guest artists such as Lianne Caroll, Steve Berry and Steve Waterman.
“The next step in the career is to try branch out into the professional world and establish the right contacts to give me work.”
He is already making good progress, being asked to step in at short notice for the regular bass trombone player at the Liverpool Philharmonic and performing in a live concert with the BBC Philharmonic, broadcast on Radio 3.
When not playing, he likes to unwind in motorcycle trials.