I started banding when I joined the United Co-op Youth Brass Band at the
age of 14 on percussion, a bit of a late start in today’s terms. At the age
of 15 I joined the Greenway Selectus Brass Band and enjoyed my
apprenticeship under Geoff Millwood ! Since then I have occupied a
percussion seat in a number of bands including City of Stoke-on Trent,
United Norwest Co-op Normid, Rhos Band, Roberts Bakery and United Co-op
(Rochdale) before finally occupying the principal percussionist seat at
United Co-op Band (Crewe) in 1999 enjoying their rise from first to
championship section, and finally settling at the Band of the Cheshire
Constabulary in 2009.
I have also played for the Versatile Concert Orchestra, Ray Piper Big Band,
Blozone, South Cheshire Orchestra, and North Staffs & Salford Symphony
Orchestras. I enjoyed touring Germany with Tytherington Sound and Bulgaria
with the Lynn Frets Orchestra. I am the drummer for the Midnight Pilgrims,
a fusion of American Rock with a Country twist who have a US tour in the
pipeline for next summer.
I am the Musical Director for “Must See Musicals” and have arranged many
pieces for their recent stage shows, this year we are putting on the first
staging of “Thank You for the Music” (an adaptation of Mamma Mia). I am
also a member of the production team for the highly successful Stage
Express Theatre School who have schools in Warrington and Wigan, where I
have played for shows such as Les Miserables, West Side Story, Oliver, High
School Musical, Hair spray and most recently the first UK stage school
production of Thank You For The Music.
I am a teacher at the Berkeley Primary school where I am responsible for
Geography, Design & Technology and shadow co-coordinator for KS2 Music.
Proud to be member of such a loyal, hard working band, I’m really
by the progress the band has made as they move forward and make their mark
in the third section, and I’m especially proud to represent Cheshire
Constabulary as both my Grandfather and father both served with distinction
so it seems only fitting that I wear the uniform with pride too.