Having started playing recorder at the age of five, Darren soon realised that brass is best and moved onto cornet. Aged nine, he joined the Ashington Colliery Band in Northumberland, and was selected to play solo cornet with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain and the Northern Junior Philharmonic Orchestra.
After reading electronics at Brunel University, Darren settled in Cambridge with his musician wife. He played principal cornet for the City of Cambridge Brass Band for seven years, and trumpet for all the major orchestras around Cambridge, as well as being a founder member of the Something Brass orchestral brass quintet.
On the birth of a son, Darren temporarily hung up his mouthpiece in 2003, but was delighted to join the GUS Band in 2005. After eight enjoyable years with the band, he stepped down to spend more time with his family. However, once his aforementioned son was offered a permanent 'seat' in the GUS percussion section, Darren knew that watching rehearsals from the balcony could never be enough, and rejoined the band in 2018.
Tapping into his engineering skills, Darren volunteered to create and maintain the band's website, a job he now shares with others within the band.