Alicia (Aly) Ware started playing trumpet aged 4, when a family friend gave her his old trumpet. Being the daughter of two brass players, it seemed almost natural to continue the tradition and her foundation lessons were the combined efforts of her parents.
She first joined the school band aged 10 and was a known fixture in the music department of her high school, the Mac.Robertson Girls’ High School. Here she studied under Vladimir Goncharov, who taught her to “play short and loud”. Mac.Rob afforded Aly many orchestral roles, including a joint orchestra with Melbourne High who won the Royal South Street competition, orchestral division, in 2011. She also enjoyed 1st trumpet positions in school-run musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, and Oklahoma!
Since finishing her VCE studies in 2011, Aly’s musical journey took a small hiatus as she focused on her studies in Biomedical Science. During this time she still enjoyed yearly participation in the Cairns Winter Music School, enjoying the collaboration with musicians from around Australia and beyond!
Now in her Honours year through the Burnet Institute and Monash University, Aly’s research deals with the field of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, specifically on malaria and its interactions with the human immune system. This is Aly’s brass band debut, transitioning from orchestral trumpet roles to solo cornet with the Dandenong Band.