As long as I can remember I have been involved in Marching Bands
lulled asleep as a baby by the vivid tones of the trumpets and drums of
a Scout and Guide band, which was to become my first experience of entertaining
As a 10 year old I was too young to realise my childhood
dream to lead the band as drum major so I began the life of a drummer.
Having achieved Drum Major in my early teens a new band (Derbyairs) found
me back on drum in the position of Lead Drummer until I upgraded to a set
of three Toms. During my late teens I had extended my list of achievements
to include Drum Major, Side/Lead Drummer, Bass Drummer (boring), Tri-Tom
and a spell on trumpet where I met my wife Jane (Trumpeter).
After taking over as Bandmaster of my previous band
I joined The Derby Midshipmen Carnival Band in March 1993 and moved back
onto my set of three toms hence the nickname "Bongo".
After all this I
still fill in as Drum Major (and Bass Drum) when needed but prefer my "Bongos" now five toms.