Rich first learnt to play trombone at school in Derbyshire, under the guidance of the late Stephen Shimwell. He joins the GUS Band from Derwent Brass and prior to that was the Solo Trombone of Thoresby Colliery Band, as well as enjoying many opportunities to play with the country's leading bands such as Leyland, Fairey???s, YBS and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band, whilst depping with bands such as Black Dyke, Desford, Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe and Cory.
Away from brass bands, Richard is also a trombonist with both the Essentially Brass and Harlequin Brass ensembles, the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra and is a regular fixture in many of the Midland's theatre orchestras. A Post Graduate in Musical Performance from the University of Salford, Rich is no stranger to the GUS band, having deputized many times for his good friend, mentor and now Artistic Director, Chris Jeans.
Rich balances his musical diary with a busy career as a Business Excellence Manager for an International Energy Management Company and lives in Nottingham.