I started banding at the age of 6 in Mount Pleasant Mission Church Band in Oldham under the tuition of Albert Hall. Then at the age of 13, I moved on to Zion Methodist Band in Lees. In 1985 this became Cobden Chadwick Band and after a successful few years, I had to leave the band to take up a work opportunity in Switzerland for 12 months.
On my return to the UK, I realised I missed banding and joined Greenfield Band where I also took up the position of Secretary. I then moved on to Uppermill Band and then on to Lees and Glodwick Band; these were fun times. In time, Lees and Glodwick Band merged with one of my previous bands (Cobden Chadwick) to become Oldham ‘97. During this period, I was lucky enough to be offered an audition at British Aerospace Band (Championship Section) where I was successful and joined on 2nd horn.
After the unfortunate closure of the band, I moved to Longridge who were in the first section. One of the highlights of my banding was winning the first section regionals at Blackpool and going on to compete at the Royal Albert Hall in the year 2000. Unfortunately, due to work commitments and the long commute I moved to Walkden Band in Bolton and from there I eventually moved to Goodshaw Band.
Having previously been a guest player for Boarshurst on numerous occasions and having many friends in the band I officially joined in 2006. I have had some of my most memorable moments with the band, becoming 2nd Section National Champions of Great Britain in 2017 is certainly one of my highlights.
They say banding is a hobby but it certainly becomes a way of life. I have made some fantastic friends along the way, both at home and abroad (especially my great friends from Holland, Pieter Einthoven and Ilse de Jong). Boarshurst are my extended family and long may it continue.
There are a lot people in the band who do a little more than just play, me being one as I am Contest Secretary and in charge of handling the uniforms.Back