I started my banding at 9 with Marsden Juniors and fell in love straight away with the trombone. I progressed through bands in the Colne and Holme valleys, starting of course with Marsden, but including Slaithwaite, Lockwood and Hade Edge. I had great tutors when developing including the great Dyke Eb bass player, George Morgan. Having stints at Wakefield Met and Barnsley Building Society I eventually ended up under the baton of Geoff Whitham at Hammonds, first on second, then subsequently on solo trombone. The pressures of work then took their toll and I stopped playing for 22 years.
As many “lapsed” players find, I got the urge to pick up the bone again and picked up a second-hand Rath for a steal in 2013, before then starting the long road to getting the chops back in order. Wakefield Met gave me a great home for the second time and then I spent a fantastic year with Stannington before joining the Boarshurst family in late 2017.
In terms of playing, it’s a pleasure to play anything and I do love a bit of big band stuff, but I really love playing the old meaty test pieces for the sheer beauty of the sound. You know, Journey into Freedom, Salute to Youth, Contest Music et al. It has to be said though that Philip Sparke’s Year of the Dragon holds a special place for me, as it does, I suspect for a bunch of trombone players.
It’s great to be part of a band that has such a heritage and strikes the perfect balance between ambition and a supportive atmosphere.Back