Born in Newcastle, John started playing cornet aged 11 under the tuition of Peter Bell. John played in his school band before joining The Felling Silver Band and then Dunston Silver Band and was soon appointed Principal Cornet.
As well as playing in brass bands John also played in the Northumbria Army Cadet Force Band in Newcastle. This band inspired John to join the British Army in 2005. After completing his training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, he was posted to the Band of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in Berkshire.
In early 2012 John was posted to the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band in Catterick Garrison North Yorkshire and sat Principal Cornet. John is now a member of the Band of the King’s Division based in Weeton which is one of the Army’s new professional brass bands.
John’s interest in conducting started whilst at school and he has recently studied and gained his DipABRSM in Conducting and has taken part in conducting workshops with Russell Grey and Ian Porthouse.
When John is not performing as a Military Musician or conducting he enjoys outdoor pursuits and spending time with his friends and family.