NOT FOR PROGRAMME NOTES - Ross Harris grew up as a brass player in Christchurch New Zealand. He played both tuba and French horn in the New Zealand National Youth Orchestra and went on to play in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for a short time before becoming a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand. Harris also dabbled in jazz saxophone and trumpet for a few years. He currently played the accordion in the The Kugels (a klezmer band). As soon as Ross started playing music in the Addington Brass Band (1959) he felt an inexplicable urge to write music. It took a few years before anything came of this urge!