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I was destined to be a conductor when, at the tender age of two, I sat on the knee of Sir Adrian Boult. Using the techniques of both the training from my time in the RAF and the inspiration from Sir Adrian Boult, a new conductor was born.

I was born in Windsor in 1961 and began playing trombone at the age of twelve, little late for most brass players but after picking up the instrument it was obvious that it suited me. At Poole College I gained an A Level in music and, after joining the Royal Air Force in August 1979 served as a musician, where I obtained the ARCM, FLCM and ALCM diplomas. During my 24 years’ service I travelled extensively at home and abroad performing at major venues from London to Hong Kong and more memorably in Israel.

In 1993 I came to Lincolnshire for my 2nd tour to the Band of the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell. Whilst there I helped form the Lincolnshire Brass Quintet with a few of my Royal Air Force colleagues (Steve Maher, Della Pearce, Graham Tedd & Andy Allott). I became the arranger for the group and my arrangements were featured on a few albums such as Shades of Blue.  This led to me taking the lead trombone position for the famous NSK RHP Ransomes Band.

I later transferred onto my preferred instrument the bass trombone and with the band, where I played in the European Championships in Montreaux, Switzerland and again, when they won the Area competition and were runners up for the Grand Shield, which was an experience I will never forget. This is where my love of Brass Bands really started.

A few years later I decided to take up the challenge of conducting and accepted an invitation from the Lincoln Hospitals Band as it was then known, to become their deputy conductor. In 1999 I was offered and accepted the post of Director of Music. In 2001 I was instrumental in the production of the band’s first CD when the band changed its name to the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band which is how they are now known. This was repeated in 2006 with their latest CD. In 2004 I took the Band to Holland , their first trip abroad, for a joint venture with a local band in Monster.

A stalwart supporter of grass roots brass banding, I am well known and popular in the brass banding scene around Lincolnshire and I am called upon to help other local bands in their pursuit of their hobby, which I enjoy. I am always keen to help out bands in particular, Market Rasen and Banovallum Brass Bands. But I also have travelled further afield supporting Championship Section Desford Colliery Brass Band and First Section Carlton Brass.

Since 2011 I have helped a number of bands through hard times but am now taking a rest from conducting full time. At the start of 2013  a local big band called the Good Guys Orchestra under the direction of an ex-colleague of mine from the RAF Guy Garrett asked me to audition which I did and again found my true love and that is in the bass trombone. This lasted for nearly 3 years so due to not playing enough have had to retire from playing.

If anyone wishes me to help either as a player or conductor please contact me on


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AUT PAX AUT BELLUM - translated means

Either Peace or War