I started playing the cornet at the tender age of 6 in Greenfield Youth Band where I then moved up to 2nd cornet in the senior band. A few years later, I progressed right up to the principal cornet seat under the guidance of Craig Lees who gracefully moved down to bumper up. Following a few good years there, I moved onto Dobcross Silver Band before having a brief spell at Stalybridge and Marple bands. I then had a break from playing for a few years whilst I lived in Scotland before moving back to Oldham and joining Diggle Band, where I met my now wife Zoe (who is an annoyingly good player).
I returned to Greenfield for a short period and even helped Delph Band on horn before joining Boarshurst Silver Band in 2016. Playing at Boarshurst feels like it was always meant to be as my dad played principal cornet for the B band which was when I was taken to my first contest in Blackpool when I was 2 weeks old; my wife even played with Boarshurst’s youth band as well. Pictures of them both sporting big sideburns and long white socks can be found in the members’ room at the band club.
Having played many a march and test piece, the ones that stick out (mainly because there are few that I can actually play) are Paganini Variations and Ravenswood. I have and continue to give some memorable performances at the band much to the dismay of James and amusement of the rest of the band.Back