I began playing at age 7 in the Salvation Army brass band, moving up through school, city and county youth bands and orchestras. At music college I was principal/lead trumpet of the college big band/jazz orchestra within a month of arriving, and midway through my second year I began ‘depping’ for my trumpet tutor in touring musicals and theatre productions, my first being “The Pajama Game”.
I left college to pursue a musical career full time, playing on cruise ships and in recording studios for local bands, as well as TV and radio sessions for the BBC and Granada. I played in various touring musicals for the next 12 years, as well as recording sessions and live gigs with local bands.
Until recently I played for the Lee Vasey Big Band, and I also play lead and 2nd trumpet in the Potters Big Band and solo trumpet in a Blues Brothers style revue at a ‘holiday village’, and have played sessions at Epic TV studios in Norwich with “The Voxettes”.
I am a strong, confident player able to play lead trumpet in big bands, jazz in smaller ensembles, consistent & accurate lines in theatre shows and studios and will be the first to say yes to any opportunity to play.