I began playing the trombone at the age of 11 and was taught by my dad, Philip Garlick. I soon became involved in many of the local community music groups and brass bands. My first band was Hinchcliffe Mill Brass Band. I then moved on to the Skelmanthorpe Band, Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, Tredegar Band and at the age of 18 was appointed as Solo Trombone at the Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band.
I then started at the Royal Northern College of Music where I was fortunate enough to be taught by some of the best trombone players in the world. In 2001, although still at the RNCM, I started my professional freelance trombone playing career. My first professional ‘gig’ was with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. From here I was then busy working with the Hallé Orchestra, Opera North, Manchester Camerata, BBC Philharmonic, Northern Ballet and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004 I was appointed as trombone tutor at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music. This is a post that I really enjoyed and it gave me the opportunity to teach some of the best trombone players of their age. I have been very fortunate with the work I received from the orchestras and it enabled me to travel the world whilst doing a job I loved. I will always be very grateful to my teachers and the orchestras that gave me those fantastic opportunities.
In 2009 I then took a different career path so I could spend more time at home with my family. I was missing being part of a musical organisation so I began conducting the Dobcross Youth Band and started up a 10 piece brass ensemble called Austonley Brass with Garrath Beckwith.
In 2014 the position of Musical Director at the Boarshurst Silver Band became available and after a few auditions the position was offered to me. At the time Boarshurst were 3rd Section yet had such a strong committee and a group of players with such potential. In 3 years the band have gone from 3rd Section to 1st Section and have qualified for the National Finals 3 years on the trot. I continue to love working with the band and with hard work and a set of fantastic players, I’m sure we can make it to the Championship Section!