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John started playing the cornet at the age of eleven in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. By the age of fourteen, he was principal cornet with the Wakefield schools band and a year later became leader and Principal Cornet of the Yorkshire schools brass band.
In 1976, John joined Grimethorpe Colliery Band and not only enjoyed performing concerts throughout the UK, but also around the world and as far a field as Australia.
John accepted an invitation in 2005 to join the GUS Band and held the principal seat for three years. But following John's success conducting bands up and down the country, he retired from playing to pursue this.