Bryan Davis, a world-class trumpeter in the big leagues of NYC, recounts his story from being a young musician in the seaside town of Cleethorpes.

North East Lincolnshire is a county brimming with beauty and friendly faces, and has raised talented musicians such as Ella Henderson, Rod Temperton, and Bryan Davis, a world-class trumpet player for the Grammy-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. He's a lead trumpet player who has played for NYC jazz club Birdland, Broadway and much more. But how did he get here? I asked Bryan for some insight into his formative years.

"Cleethorpes was really a wonderful place to play music," Bryan starts. He grew up in the 80s and 90s around inspiring teachers like Jeffrey Babb, Andrew Brade and Brian Brown. By year 12, the passion for music was stoked in him, as he took music A level and then completed a degree in jazz at Leeds. Bryan managed to make it to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra rehearsals every Saturday morning in London by train. This was managed via a travel bursary aimed at youths outside of London, in particular, the talented Davis.

Some networking eventually got Bryan onto a tour around Europe where he met his wife, one of the dancers. Then, he moved to New York further down the line. Bryan keeps busy in bands in and out of the states such as the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra directed by Arturo O'Farrill, the 8-Bit Big Band and the Duke Ellington Orchestra and occasionally Jazz-Rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Interestingly, we concluded that adjusting to life in New York was quite easy. Since the US has such a firm grasp on the entertainment industry, we are already well adjusted to the cultures, customs and even the accents of places like New York City. However, small things like a nice British curry or a bacon butty are hard to come by in The Big Apple. While the expat conforms to the new dialect gradually, he falls back to a Meggie tongue within a single evening.

I begin to learn via Bryan, the networking, freelance nature of the music business. Personally, the "gig economy" which is presented to young musicians like me is scary, but I certainly have faith in myself to make a living from my passion, and if not, continue it as a hobby for the rest of my life.

In a new age of rapid globalisation, your birthplace becomes an even smaller factor for what you want to make of your life. Bryan proclaims (or trumpets) that a young person must "follow that passion," even if you may not end up making a job out of it, "Just try and keep it in your life." Because the whole point of life is to enjoy it, and I confess that music is a wonderful thing to enjoy. “We go into the music industry because we love the music, and you've really got to hold onto that as tightly as possible.”