I joined the band as a 12 year old in 1962 when it was known as the National Youth Brass Band of WA. I joined playing 2nd Euphonium, but fairly quickly graduated to Principal. I played with the band until 1978. During this period with the band I won the State Open Solo Championships in 1974, as well as being State Euphonium Champion on other occasions. When I left the band I decided to travel to the UK, where in 1980-81 I played in the Loddon Band, which at that time was a 4th section (village) band. My enduring memory of that band is going around the village playing Christmas carols in the snow in freezing conditions!!!
On my return in 1981 I joined Canning City Band, where I stayed until early 1984, when I decided to take a break from banding. That didn’t last long, as later the same year I re-joined this band on Principal Baritone when it was known as Channel Nine, and I am still here!!!! After playing Baritone for a while, I then moved on to 2nd Euphonium (Alan Lourens, Principal), and finally back on Principal Euphonium. During this period I have won 3 Norm Snow Best Brass Instrumentalist awards, in 1992, 2000 and 2006. Overall I have been with RASWA Brass for around 46 years. In December 2010 I was made a Life Member of the band.