Sam Massey - South Devon Jazz Project


Sam Massey - Trumpet ~ Flugelhorn ~ Educator ~ Composer ~ Musician

Sam is a well-regarded freelance musician with experience of teaching, performing, composing and arranging based in the South West of England, UK. He was an early adopter of the Totnes Saturday Music School (now called SaMMS) and attended its first Brass Group session in June 2001. Performing widely at KEVICC and SaMMS, he left with Grade 8 Trumpet and an A at Music A-Level to spend time studying Music at the University of Bristol and furthering his trumpet studies with Dean Wright, Principal Trumpet of the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Professor of Trumpet at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Sam has also been fortunate enough to attend workshops and masterclasses with the internationally-acclaimed trumpet players Alison Balsom, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Eric Vloeimans and Steve Waterman as well as the Brass and Percussion Departments at the highly-celebrated Wells Cathedral School.

Sam is emerging as a talented improvising jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player in the South West and around the country. Sam is very fortunate to have been a regular member and soloist with the Mike Westbrook Big Band since 2010, working with musicians such as Mike Westbrook OBE, Kate Westbrook, Jon Scott, Mark Bassey, Alan Wakeman, Pete Whyman, Karen Street, Roz Harding, Coach York, Billy Bottle, and Lou Gare amongst many others. Recently he has recorded A Bigger Show Live with Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra – a critically-acclaimed double album produced by Jon Hiseman, released on ASC records on 5th February 2016. The album has received international airplay on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, Jazz FM and RAI Radio 3 (Italy) and was premiered in London’s Kings Place on May 20th 2016. He is committed to continuing professional development and is now furthering his trumpet and jazz studies with highly-regarded jazz and improvising trumpet player Nick Malcolm (teacher of Jazz Trumpet at Wells Cathedral School).

Sam is thoroughly committed to music education and has over seven years of experience of individual and group brass, music theory, aural and composition tuition, both privately and in primary and secondary schools. He is in his eighth year as Brass Tutor at SaMMS, and is currently tutor of its Concert Band and Jazz Band . For full details, please visit

South Devon Youth Jazz  South Devon Youth Jazz aims to provide the young musicians of South Devon with an opportunity to play jazz together in a fun and encouraging environment.

The South Devon Youth Jazz project is an exciting new venture aimed at providing a pathway for the emerging musician into the world of jazz and improvisation.

As a result of collaboration between jazz musicians, educations and funding partners, its aim is to provide the young musicians of South Devon with an opportunity to play jazz together in a fun and encouraging environment.

Based in Newton Abbot, the project will be based around fortnightly workshops and termly master classes with top jazz educators.

There is no strict minimum standard, but we would estimate that students need to be able to read music to a reasonable extent and be approximately a Grade 2 technical standard on their instrument (but no need to have taken exams).

Our first session is to be led by Nick Malcolm, jazz trumpet teacher at Wells Cathedral School and has been described as “…A Supremely Gifted Musician…A Trumpet Player For The 21st Century…Wow!”

For more information, please visit the Contact page of the website and get in touch! We look forward to seeing you at one of our sessions.


Supported using public funding by Department for Education and Arts Council England