Remote Recording Summer Project 2021 – The Professionals

Remote recording project featuring leading professionals!

The Professionals – Remote Recording Project

Final Video

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in this exciting project!

We engaged with over 30 young musicians to create this video – we hope you enjoy it.

Professionals Video

Devon Youth Chamber Brass – The Professionals Theme – Recorded in Summer 2021
Have a listen to the guide track, performed by some of the country’s finest musicians, most originally from Devon!

What’s it all about?

The Devon Youth Chamber Brass “Professionals” Remote Recording Project, created during the Covid 19 pandemic and following on from the “New Beginnings Project” , was designed to help fill the void for young brass players’ who are not being able to play together much at the moment and to prepare for (hopefully!) an exciting Autumn Term of music making.

The idea is to practice a piece called “The Professionals”, a TV theme by Laurie Johnson, along to a recording of leading professional musicians with a connection to Devon.

Once practiced, we asked you to upload a video or audio recording of you playing your part along with our Devon Brass alumni dectet plus guest rhythm section.

We then put it all together into a big recorded massed ensemble for us all to enjoy for years to come.

This opportunity was open to all young brass players – we suggest a performing ability of around Grade 4 and up.

What you had to do

Firstly, contact Sam Massey explaining who you are (unless we have already met of course!), what instrument you play and that you’d like to be involved!

You were then be sent some music to practice, along with an example recording of the piece.

The exciting bit

You were sent a copy of the recording by our brass experts – you’ll get to play virtually alongside leading professionals, at a practice tempo, and play along with your section virtually too, learning valuable ensemble skills and blending your sound with some of the best around.

Here’s a list of the musicians you’ll be playing with!

Your recording

Once practiced, you needed to record yourself playing through your piece on a smartphone tablet.

Thank You

Thanks to the generous support of the Devon & Torbay Music Education Hubs, we are able to offer this opportunity free of charge to all students residing or studying in Devon.

We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to all the professional musicians who have put so much time and energy into this project – please take some time to check out their websites at the foot of this page.

For more information or to sign up, please contact

Sam Massey using the button below!

Professional Musicians Involved – Devon Brass Alumni Dectet Plus Rhythm Section!

The musicians who have kindly agreed to be involved in this project, giving their advice and talent in recording their parts, are as follows:


Jon Scott – formerly of Tavistock, now a leading London based trumpeter who plays lead trumpet with Jools Holland (other credits include Kylie Minogue, Amy Winehouse, George Harrison and Sting)

Ryan Jacob – formerly of Braunton, now a leading London based trumpeter, composer and producer (credits include Bonobo & Chornixx)

Gary Alesbrook – formerly of Plymouth, now a leading Bristol based trumpeter, composer and producer (credits include Kasabian & Scissor Sisters)

Sam Massey – formerly of Stoke Gabriel, now a freelance Devon based trumpet and composer (credits include P.P. Arnold, Ocean Colour Scene, Clare Teal, Eliza Carthy & Mike Westbrook)

French Horns

Phillippa Slack – leading London session musician, working with BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra and the latest James Bond film “No Time To Die”

Hannah Williams – formerly of Bovey Tracey, now studying at Royal Academy of Music following a scholarship at Wells Cathedral School


Tom White – formerly of Okehampton, now a leading London based trombonist, composer and arranger (credits include Olly Murs, Emily Sandé & Stan Sulzmann)

Jonathan Hollick – formerly of Plymouth, now Sub-Principal Trombone of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Bass Trombone

Edward Hilton – formerly of Braunton, now a leading London based freelance trombonist and trombonist for the Les Misérables UK & International touring production


Mike Poyser – leading London based freelance Tuba player (credits include Jules Buckley & The Heritage Orchestra and Quincey Jones) , teaching at Royal College of Music and the Royal Albert Hall.


Harry Diplock – formerly of Lustleigh, now leading London based freelance guitar player and a leading light on the UK gypsy jazz scene, regularly performing at Ronnie Scott’s and Kansas Smitty jazz club


Jim Rintoul – formerly of North Devon, now leading Exeter based freelance bass player having toured in New York, Japan and Australia (credits include The Drifters)


Mark Whitlam – leading Bath based session & jazz drummer, composer and educator (credits include Pee Wee Ellis, Clare Teal, Jason Rebello, Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy)

Bill Massey– formerly of Stoke Gabriel, now principal percussionist with championship section Jaguar Land Rover brass band

New Beginnings Video

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our previous project!

We engaged with over 30 young musicians to create this video – we hope you enjoy it.

New Beginnings Video

Devon Youth Chamber Brass – New Beginnings by Sam Massey – Recorded in February 2021