Russell Bennett – Trumpet
Russell Bennett started playing cornet aged six and began playing with local brass bands at an early age. This included the county youth band of Northamptonshire, where he became principal cornet, and later the championship section band G.U.S. where he was solo cornet. After switching to the trumpet at the age of fifteen, he was then involved with both the county orchestra and wind ensemble as lead trumpet. It was at this point that he joined the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra working his way up through the three bands and becoming a regular member of the first band at 17.
Russell took up his place at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2000 graduating with a B.Mus(hons) degree in 2004. During his time at college Russell won the jazz improvisation and jazz composition prizes, as well as gaining a Professional Performance diploma with the jazz ensemble 6pac.
6pac, which he helped form whilst in his second year, were awarded the R.N.C.M. Gold Medal award for their achievements, the highest honour awarded by the college.
As well as playing with 6pac and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra Russell has also worked with the Halle, Manchester Camarata, Halle Rock, and the John Wilson Orchestra and such diverse artists as Tony Christie, Branford Marsalis and Peter Kay.