Euphonium takes Samuel Healy to Seattle

Tuesday 28 Jan

When Year 11 student Samuel Healy picked up a euphonium three years ago, he had no idea that the instrument would lead to him taking a trip of a lifetime to Seattle later this year. Samuel has been selected to be one of just 20 students in the Griffith University 2019 Pacific Honours Ensemble Program (PHEP) that will travel to Seattle from 18-27 November.

The prestigious trip will include four days of music workshops and four days of sightseeing and will provide the opportunity for Samuel to meet with other students participating in the PHEP from around the world.

Samuel, who had previously played the trumpet, began playing the euphonium when he first started wearing braces on his teeth.

His instrumental music teacher Mr Paul Edwards encouraged him to try the euphonium as a way of minimising pain associated with playing brass instruments with braces.

“Later that year Samuel was accepted into the State Honours Ensemble Program (SHEP) at the Brisbane conservatorium and he has gone from strength to strength since then,” Mr Edwards said.

“He now does his AMEB exams on the euphonium instead of the trumpet, leads the Concordia Concert Band lower brass section and has recently started learning the trombone for the College Big Band,” he said.

“Learning the euphonium has opened a lot of new opportunities for him that may not have been available as a trumpet player.”

Samuel said he was surprised to be selected for the PHEP and was looking forward to the experience.

While he is planning to study Law after school, he said he intends to keep playing brass instruments as a hobby into the future.