Gary began playing cornet at the age of 8 in the Dorset village Verwood Silver Band and rose through the ranks to become their principal cornet at the age of 14 and also principal of the Wessex Youth band.
Moving north to train as a teacher and take cornet lessons from Stanley Boddington, Gary joined the City of Coventry Band and was a very proud member when they took the British Open Championship title at the last ever Belle Vue in 1981.
Further training took him to London and a short time with Hanwell Band (and a telly appearance on That's Life!) before moving back to the Midlands to teach music and spells with Nassington Band, Peterborough Big Band and a further couple of years back at Coventry (Jaguar Cars).
In 1995 he joined Kibworth Band, and enjoyed an enjoyable and very successful run of contests over a period of 12 years before joining the Virtuosi GUS band in 2007 to provide a little more maturity to the front row team!
After 15 years teaching Gary discovered the escape tunnel, retrained and now works as a Microsoft business software consultant and with GUS rehearsals just two minutes from his home, he manages to spend more time at home with his ever-supportive wife.