About Me

Monday June 29, 2015



Welcome to my Web site!

I was born in 1956 in Bolton and educated at Thornleigh Salesian College under the guidance of Father 'Jock' McGovern who totally corrupted me and turned me into an Eb bass player. I started playing with the then Eagley Mills Band aged about 13 and rapidly became soloist. After leaving school had a spell in the army before returning to do a combined maths and music degree at Manchester, followed by a PGCE at Didsbury and then became a music teacher in the Wigan area. While at university, I continued to run brass groups, and made many friends. In both of the main schools I have taught in, I have encouraged the playing of brass band instruments.

I now have over 44 years of experience as a tuba player. I've always had a love of music but my dad could never understand why - my mum is more understanding :)

I have been teaching in the same school for 23 years. That's more than most murderers get - and it feels like it sometimes. Of course, the kids are never the problem, and I was appointed as teacher governor at my school in 2006 and again in 2010.

I have played with several bands, including Eagley, Eccles Borough, Orrell Silver and Old Hall Brass. I returned to Eagley in January 2008 And bounced back to Old Hall in 2016. My school band has won prizes at Wigan Festival when it ran. I still do lots of arranging for bands and the school band and lately for woodwinds - it's what happens when your colleagues play squeak-oids :) and now I'm adding choral music to my oeuvres. Two of my carols were performed at the school's Christmas service in 2006 - very successfully, and another in 2007. I retired from teaching in 2012 after a 25 year career and now spend my time playing, singing, composing and arranging.

I now have lots of published music including a range of brass/brass band music published by MMI Music, Devilish Music Publishing and Pennine Music Publishers and I am now starting to publish music I have written for other ensembles/instruments but some more brass band music as well.


This site was last updated 01/04/2009