I first started playing drums in 1964 on a second-hand drum kit bought by my dad. I’m completely self-taught and have never had any form of music lesson.
I’ve been with a few bands over the years, including Culceth Military Band (1969 - 1983), Adamson Military Band, Band & Corps of Drums, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, Stalybridge Old band (1988 - 1990 & 2000 - 2001), Ashton Under-Lyne (1997 - 1998), Mossley Band (1990 - 1996), Boarshurst Silver Band (2001 - present day), Alchemy (present) and Drums Yorkshire Volunteer Band (present).
I’ve also played with a large variety of other bands over the years, helping them out on march gigs, concerts and contests etc. There are too many to mention!
My favourite test piece would be Music of a Legacy and my favourite march would be Army of the Nile.
I started my playing career at the age of 7. I joined Boarshurst Band in 1973 as part of Boarshurst B Band before progressing to the Silver Band at 17 years old.
Having played through many pieces in my years banding, including countless marches and test pieces, I would say my favourite march is Washington Grays and my favourite test piece is Triumphant Rhapsody.
I actually met my partner at Boarshurst Band and all my children have played for the band up until recently with my eldest having just left to have a baby. My partner played 3rd cornet whilst he was part of the band and now my children currently play Solo Horn, 2nd Baritone and Principal Cornet. My other child before leaving played 2nd cornet.
Alongside playing, I am also responsible for many other roles and matters for the band and Boarshurst Band Club; this includes being the Librarian, Secretary, and running the bar at the band club (Stewardess).
Fun Fact: I can play all instruments apart from the bass trombone.