Plymouth youngster hits the high notes in National Brass Band.
MUSICAL supremo Tom Webb has been hitting the high notes since bagging a place in a prestigious band.
The 12-year-old tenor horn player beat off stiff competition to gain a place in The National Children's Brass Band of Great Britain.
It's no mean feat for Tom, who has been a member of the Plymouth Soundhouse Youth Brass Band since 2009.
Tom, a pupil at Plymstock School, began his musical career by playing a tenor horn loaned to him by the Plymouth Youth Music Service.
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He has made rapid progress and decided to audition for one of only six places in the national ensemble.
Tom, who lives in Hooe, had all but given up hope of success when a letter landed on the doormat saying he had impressed the judges enough to be given a place.
Proud dad Neil said: "I'm so pleased for Tom because he has worked hard over the past three years to reach the standard he is at now.
"Being invited to join the NCBBGB is a great opportunity for him to work with some of the best brass players and conductors in the country.
"He gets a real buzz from performing. You can see it in his face. Music is a bit of an outlet for him. It comes quite naturally to him but he works really hard."
Tom is now preparing to head off for a week of intensive training in Derbyshire before playing at a festival in Manchester later this year.
Councillor Nicky Williams said: "Congratulations to Tom – what a fantastic achievement. It takes discipline and passion to succeed when learning to play any instrument.
"The Plymouth Youth Music Service supports young people in the city to get involved with music regardless of a family's financial circumstances or where in the city a child lives.
"Tom is a shining example of how music can change your life and open up a world of opportunities."
For more information about the concert or music opportunities for young people in the city, contact the Plymouth Youth Music Service by emailing email@example.com or calling 01752 307446.