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I first learnt to play cornet aged 7. Receiving no lessons, I taught myself. At the age of 11, I was lent a trumpet, and soon found myself playing in the County Youth Orchestra with Ray Farr, of brass-banding fame.
I gained a scholarship to Hereford Cathedral School, where I entered myself for A.B.R.S.M., Trumpet Exams. I passed them all up to Grade 8, and with distinction!
I did receive piano tuition. Initially from my parents, and then from a private teacher, with whom I did piano and theory grades.
I studied for my music degree, at the Royal College of Music, London. It was here that my (first and only) trumpet teachers were Ernest Hall and David Mason*, (*Piccolo trumpet part on the Beatles’ “Penny Lane”).
After graduation I became Head of Performing Arts at a Herefordshire High School where I remained for over twenty years. During this time I was an active freelance trumpet player, conductor of the local G & S Society, principal cornet with the local Salvation Army band and was their Songster Leader (Choirmaster), too. I later became Bandmaster; this post relinquished in 1994.
In 1996, I retired from full-time teaching, but continued to teach brass and conduct one of the Herefordshire County Orchestra's, up to the summer of 2009, when I relinquished this part-time work too.
From January 1997 - January 2019, I added an extra “career role” and became a tour driver for a local coach company, and then a Driver Trainer.
In late 1997, I became M.D., for Bromyard Symphonic Wind Band.
I continue to keep musically busy, as a trumpet player, cornet player, adjudicator and conductor.
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Hereford Cathedral School: 1963 - 1969
Royal College of Music, London: 1969 - 1972
City of Birmingham College of Education: 1972 -1973
Head of Music - Canon Frome School: 1973 -1974
Head of Music - Kingstone High School: 1975 - 1996
Head of Performing Arts: K.H.S.: 1992 - 1996
Part-time Peripatetic Brass Teacher: 1997 - 2005
Conductor - Hfds Intermediate Orchestra: 1985 - 2009
Coach Driver / Tour Driver: 1997 - 2016
Coach / Bus Driver Trainer for C.P.C.: 2012 - 2019
M.D.: Bromyard Symphonic Wind Band: 1997 -
Member of Hereford Fanfare Trumpets: 2017 -