Learnt to play the cornet at the age of 8. At the age of 15, joined the Royal Marine Band Service studying the french horn for three years. Emerging from boy's service at eighteen was posted to Malta with the Commander in Chief, Mediterranean Band. Served at H.M.S. Condor based at Arbroath, conducting the Fleet Air Arm Volunteer Band to first place at the Scottish Brass Band Championships, and latterly served with the Portsmouth Group Band attached to the Royal Yacht. On leaving the Royal Marines, started teaching Instrumental Music with the Angus Education Authority, also conducting the Forfar Instrumental Band. Formed the Angus County Brass Band which appeared at the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth in Croydon in it's second year, television appearances and concerts followed. Was appointed resident conductor of the Brodsworth Colliery Band in 1982 when the band won 3rd prize at the Championship section of the National Brass Band finals in the Albert Hall.