I was brought up in The Salvation Army at Woking. At about the age of 8 I was taught to play the Cornet, but a little later I changed to Trombone like my Dad.
When the Young Peoples Band was reformed I made the move to Euphonium. On transferring to the senior band I moved onto 2nd Trombone in 1962 where I joined my dad who was playing the G Trombone (Bass).
During the next few years I had spells on G Trombone, Baritone, Tenor Trombone and Euphonium.
In 1967 the bandmaster at the time (Roy Burton) thought I would make a better Eb Bass player than Euph, so started my Bass playing days. Moved to Bb Bass in 1972 where I stayed for a number of years playing Eb or Bb Bass.
Another move in 1979 back onto Baritone until I left The Salvation Army in September 1981.
Took a break from banding until February 1990 when I joined the Bourne Concert Band on Tuba leaving at the end of September to join the Almac Bisley Band in October on Eb Bass.