2004 - Ryan Gray

Former Methodist College pupil Ryan Gray played the euphonium to take his title in 2004. Though the euphonium still gets a regular outing he is now more likely to be seen on trombone with the University Jazz Band at Newcastle where he is studying dentistry. But when study allows he can also be seen on regular solo gigs and with a small jazz group around the Newcastle clubs – and, when home, plays with the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Following his win, he was invited to play at the 2003 Rotary Ireland Conference in Belfast’s Waterfront.