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I started playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 6 yrs old and at 9 yrs old moved onto Trombone. I joined the local music centre band and then moved on to James Shepherd,s music centre band on a Saturday mornings. During this time the band was contesting and went on to win the youth championships many times. By this time i was being taught by Derek Southcott and after a few months became a member of the NYBB of Great Britain which I was principle trombone for 5 courses and also became a junior Exhibitionist at the Royal Manchester College of Music and at the age of 17 was a full time student under the tuition of Terry Nagel who was principle trombone with the Halle Orchestra. Throughout this period of time I was playing in the variety clubs and bands such as Hebden Bridge, Lockwood Band. Whilst at the RMCM i played in all types of groups and many top orchestra concerts. After leaving college I became a pro trombone player in Kent and returned to Yorkshire to join The Black Dyke Mills Band under the musical direction of Dr Roy Newsome and Geoffrey Brand Michael Antrobuss and Major Peter Parkes, I was part of 2 double wins 2 hat trick wins BBC Band of the Year and Freedom Of The City Of Bradford, tours to Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Ireland recorded with Don Lusher, Morris Murphy and many guest soloists. I was also teaching at Rochdale Music Centre, courses at Lancaster University and Swiss Brass band Courses. After leaving Black Dyke I joined the James Shepherd Versatile Brass, again touring abroad many CD and TV recordings and many concerts throughout the country under the musical direction of Ray Farr, Ray Woodfield and Frank Renton. After 5yrs with VB turned back to pro playing / teaching and touring the country with many top artists. Session playing with the BBC Radio Orchestra, concerts with The New Squadranaires, Syd Lawrence Orchestra and the Northern Dance Orchestra. By This time I had many pupils, full time peripatetic brass tutor for Bury Education, adjudicating at slow melody competitions and entertainment competitions and also had my own Trombone Group. Turned to conducting at this time and started with Todmorden Band and moved on to conduct Whitworth Band, Rochdale Band, Goodshaw Band and helped out many more until I became involved in Marsden band who i had for 12yrs taking them from the 3rd section to Championship Section. After many great years I moved on and set out again on a trail of success hopefully with my present band who is Uppermill Band and have come up from 4th section to 2nd section. In my free time I like to dog walking, caravaning, fishing and most of all listen to some good Brass band music.
124 Halifax Road. Ripponden, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. HX6 4AG