I was born in Liverpool (Bootle), and spent my first 18 years growing up in the outskirts of the city in a small town called Maghull. The family then moved to Staffordshire where I have lived ever since.
I learnt to play a brass instrument just before I was 7, starting as most people do on cornet. At 10 I moved onto (Eb) Tenor Horn, but was introduced to French Horn at the start of my Secondary School education, taking my first exam (Grade 3 Royal Associated Schools) on this orchestral instrument. Subsequently I took my Grade 5 on Tenor Horn. I was brought up in a Salvation Army family, and played in both Junior & Senior Bands at Liverpool Walton (Church). On the start of my Senior Band career I was asked if I fancied playing trombone which I then went on to take my Grade 6 & 8 in the following 12 months.
I continued to play Trombone when I moved to Cannock, played most instruments in the Band over the years, focusing on Euphonium for quite a few years.
I am an active member of The Salvation Army, and have been for all of my life. This is where most of my influences have been.
Since moving to Cannock I have taken up musical positions of Junior & Senior Choir Leader, Deputy Bandmaster and also Bandmaster for 5 years.
I have a passion for Brass Banding, and enjoy listening to both Army and secular music. My favourite composers are many, with my favourite pieces including Resurgam (Ball), Just As I Am (Heaton), Light Of The World (Goffin).
My Gran taught me to play the piano at a young age, but I never really progressed beyond this stage until I was a teenager, when I became very interested in using the piano to learn basic harmony principals. This I now use to create my music. I love playing the piano, and am currently the pianist for the Cannock (SA) Junior & Senior Choirs, as well as Church pianist.
NB: Choral pieces "All Good Gifts", "Hark" and "Take It" have been removed from this page as they have been published and are now copyright by the Salvation Army.
The Cross, He Made Them All, All There Is Of Me, Bring On Harvest, Let Us Adore & To Him Belong are all pending regarding publishing, so might be removed shortly.