Three Questions With Grant Jameson, Award-Winning Euphonium Player

Michelle Sullivan
Grant Jameson

Columbus native Grant Jameson is a third-year student at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Wales, where the 21-year-old moved to study among the best in brass music. Jameson plays the euphonium, which looks like a small tuba but sounds more like a trombone, and recently won the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Award, an honor that affords him radio performance time and a launching pad into his dream career as a soloist.

Why were you drawn to brass music?

I started playing the euphonium when I was 11. Exposure to brass bands has been in my family since I was really young. My dad conducts the Dublin Silver Band. I decided I wanted to really excel at it and make that my career.

Why did you choose to attend school in Wales?

Brass banding in the UK is massive compared to America. There are hundreds of brass bands here, and the euphonium as an instrument is bigger here. David Childs (an internationally touring professional euphonium player) is an instructor [at the Royal Welsh College]. That was the deciding factor, being able to study with someone who is doing exactly what I want to do.

What do you miss most about Columbus?

The food. There's really good food in Wales, but the traditional American food, that's not really used here. When I do visit, I'll usually go to fast food places or places like Olive Garden. I eat at home a lot as well.