When did you join Littleport Brass?
Approximately 12 years ago.
When did you start playing and on what instrument?
I was around 8/9 years old. My friend’s grandad was trying to encourage his children to play and I tagged along with my sister. However, I was the only one to take to it. I joined a village band (Jarrett’s Brass) shortly after who played in a converted Cowshed on a farm. Ive very fond memories from those early days. I later played with various orchestra, jazz and big bands through my teens and early 20s, but I returned to brass banding routes.
Who was your inspiration when you started playing?
I've two, Ernie Cooper a lovely, generous old man who conducted and taught all the children playing for Jarretts Brass. He was presented a ‘Heart of Gold’ by Esther Rantzen in 1988 and the band had the privilege of playing with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
My second inspiration was my peripatetic music teacher who encouraged me to grade and attend the Leicestershire school of music Saturday school.
Why do you enjoy playing at Littleport?
Music is therapy, I enjoy the variety of music we play but most importantly ,the players are a great bunch, almost like a second family.
What has been your most enjoyable moment so far with Littleport in terms of music performed, social events, contests or concerts ?
Winning at the Oxford entertainment contest last year with our new MD Ian was a huge buzz. It wasn’t just the silverware but preparing for it put a lot of fun back into the band room and was just what we needed to rebond and look forward.
What would you like to achieve with Littleport in the future?
Id like us to get back into the second section and look further forward to higher sections. But mostly Id the band to increase its followers and play a part in encouraging the young to play music.
Away from Littleport what else do you like to do?
I have 3 young boys that keep me on my toes and are a bundle of fun, but for relaxation/stress relief I can be found either pottering in my garden, taking country walks or running.