David began playing tenor horn at the age of twelve, progressing from the school band to the junior and senior bands of Cargo Fleet Steel works in his hometown of Middlesbrough .
At 16 he passed his audition to join The Band of the Life Guards in London and commenced his junior service at the Music School , Bovington, Dorset . This meant a change of instrument to French horn and starting studies on the cello. During David’s seven years with The Life Guards he played extensively throughout Britain and Europe combining state & ceremonial occasions together with concert and recording work. Musical studies continued during this time with a years course at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall and horn lessons with James Brown at The Royal Academy.
On leaving The Life Guards, David returned to the North East and his brass band roots, joining Northumbria Police Band as solo horn for over three years. However, the pull back to French horn and orchestral work proved too strong and he began playing with The New Tyneside Orchestra and also for many stage productions in the area.
David’s musical activities include:
Peripatetic music teacher with Gateshead, Newcastle and North Tyneside Music Services
Freelance French horn player & conductor
Orchestra North East, horn.
Gateshead Youth Orchestra, conductor.
Throughout all the various musical ventures, David has undertaken over the years he considers his time as musical director of Newcastle Concert Band to be one of the most rewarding.
“The band are a great group of people to know, who genuinely gain a great deal of pleasure from making music… put that together with raising money for good causes and making people happy. What more could a musician want?”