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Tristan Fry

Tristan Fry

Since he added playing the trumpet to his role as SKY's drummer Tristan has had many requests from all over the world. But he still won't stop playing it! He is kept pretty busy when not working with SKY by quite a few different organisations. One is THE ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN'S IN THE FIELDS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, for whom Tristan principally plays Timpani. Most of this music is of the Bach, Mozart, Haydn eras: for which he finds a great similarity to playing with SKY as all the composers were and are writing the popular music of the day.

Tristan has also been called in to play on many film and television background scores in addition to a variety of signature tunes: 'Yes Minister'; 'To The Manor Born'; 'Last Of The Summer Wine' etc. Recent films that he has played on have been 'Gandhi, the new Barbra Streisand film 'Yentl' and Sean Connery's 'return' Bond film 'Never Say Never Again' with music written by Michel Legrand. Also working on Val Doonican's TV. show, a yearly nine week series - is another feature of Tristan's session work In the past he has also done a number of Children's Television appearances both showing and demonstrating percussion instruments and their uses and in one particular series called 'Countdown To The Festival' he was involved with going to various areas of the British Isles to talk to children who were in the process of preparing for various kinds of music festivals. There were two sisters who played fiddles in Scotland, a steel band from Manchester, a pipe and accordion player from Ireland, a choir from Wales and a brass band from Southampton. This all proved to be very interesting and stimulating remembering how strong your compulsion as a young musician is to gain musical experiences.

More than any other member of SKY Tris continues to lead an extremely active isession musician' life coupled with his orchestral role during all the available moments when SKY are not rehearsing, recording or touring. Long may this continue.

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