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Saturday, 22 January 2005

Where were you born? Grimethorpe.
What kind of house did you live in? A colliery house.
First Job? Lower Brass Tutor at Ripon & York University.
Favourite relaxations? Supporting Manchester United, playing golf and socialising with family & friends.
Biggest regret? Nothing to date, but as a 21 year old there's still plenty of time!
What car do you drive? Renault Meganne Coupe Sport.
Biggest extravagance? My car!
Biggest embarrassment? Accidently taking my Dad's suit bag (containing his Black Dyke uniform) to a Brighouse & Rastrick concert instead of my own!
Favourite composer? I have many, but at the moment I'm listening to a lot of Karl Jenkins & James MacMillan.
Pet hate? Players asking daft questions in rehearsal when the answer is obvious! (Bass players more often than not!)
What makes you angry? Not playing as well as I can.
Favourite Band? Buy As You View Cory of course!
Who is your musical hero? Evelyn Glennie. She has single-handedly put percussion on the map as a solo vehicle.
Future ambitions? I have many, but as far as band goes I would like to win the Grand Slam with Cory as Dyke did in '95. (European, Open & National titles in the same year)
Favourite Food? Lasagne
Favourite drink? Carling Premier
Biggest achievement? Performing as a guest soloist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the last night of the Welsh Proms.
Favourite concert venue? Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
Greatest change in music? The acceptance of females in top class banding. In most bands anyway!
Last word on the music profession? The music profession is becoming increasingly more competitive. To do well as a young musician I believe you need to be passionate about what you do, take chances where others wouldn't dare, always aim higher than you think is humanly possible and work harder than you think is fair. There is no reward without hard work.

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