David was born into a musical family in Bury, Lancashire in 1951. He started playing the Tenor horn at the age of 7 and was taught by Hugh Parry, then MD of Wingates Temperance Band. His banding life flourished over his younger years and between 1967 and 1979 he played with numerous Championship Bands throughout the country.
During his 45+ years of conducting, David has had numerous contest successes at all levels and was described by 4 Bars Rest as, 'One of the finest Conductors outside the Championship Section'.
David was, for three years, an Executive Officer and Treasurer, with The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) and a member of the National Executive Council of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. (NABBC)
He has vast experience in adjudicating, at both Brass Band Contests and Choral Music Festivals throughout the country.
In the late 1990's and early 2000's he adjudicated at the National Mineworkers Contest at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, also at the Rhyl Music Festival and numerous Air Varie and Slow Melody Contest throughout the country. The 2012 National Finals at Cheltenham, the 2013 Brass at the Guild, the 2013 Uni-brass Contest at Lancaster University, the 2014 Yorkshire Slow Melody Championships and the 2015 Butlins National Championships. He adjudicated the 2018 Brighouse March and Hymn Contest and the Whiston Brass Festival 2018.
David was also official Mentor to the Trainee Adjudicator at the National Finals in Cheltenham. During 2019, David adjudicated the Butlins National Championships, the Yorkshire Spring Festival Preview evening, arranged by the Hammonds Band, with Roger Webster and David Hirst, and was invited to act as the official AoBBA Mentor for the Youth Adjudicators at both the Yorkshire and London Areas.
He also adjudicated at the North West Association Rochdale Contest and at the Yorkshire and Humberside Association Contest at Dewsbury Town Hall. David was once again the official Mentor to the Trainee Adjudicator at the National Finals in Cheltenham.
In 2022, he Adjudicated at the Regional Championships in Wales, London and the West of England and also Adjudicated at the 2022 Lower Section National Finals in Cheltenham.
David is the Musical Director of the Annual Intensive Study Course, for the Dutch National Championships, with the Felison Brass in The Netherlands, where he holds the position of Associate Professional Conductor.
David has worked as Musical Director on a several stage-shows with both amateur dramatic societies and professional theatre groups. He also still finds time to write and arrange music.
As a Conductor, David is extremely experienced, having worked with many brass bands of all sections, Championship to Youth plus brass ensembles, military bands, choirs and operatic societies.
His association with British Brass Bands over the past 60+ years, has led him to conduct bands from all over the UK and Europe.
David is looking forward to the many challenges which the future brings, with his normal energy and enthusiasm.
He is a retired Police Officer and an active Freemason.