I’ve been playing various musical instruments since I was 8 years old when I started talking lessons on the lap steel acoustic guitar.
In high school I began learning Trombone and several other brass instruments as well as piano and acoustic and electric guitar. I played Trombone in military style marching bands and a variety of school and community based bands and orchestras until I was about 20. At age 14 our school’s Brass Band was invited to record an EP at the ABC’s studios in Ultimo Sydney. I played First Trombone and had the privilege of shadowing the engineers for the session when I wasn’t playing. I was hooked on audio recording from that day.
Another highlight was being selected to play Trombone with the Australian ABC youth orchestra when I was 15 and occasionally filling in with the St Mary’s Brass band who had previously won the world A Grade brass band championship. I also played with the band of the First Royal Lacers based in Parramatta on an ad hoc basis.
I was handed the opportunity to attend the Sydney Conservatorium on graduating high school and play with the professional ABC Orchestra based in Sydney. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time quite often it seems. unfortunately, my father’s insistence on my getting a “real” job, put the kibosh on all those offers and what promised to be a great musical future.
As so often happens, neither my father’s plans for me nor my own, worked out but I did play guitar in a number of bands and worked on my passion for music in general and recording music specifically.
On leaving school I began what became a 40 year career in nursing. An early marriage and child by age 20 changed my life irreversibly. My musical dreams were on indefinite hold and would only ever see moderate fulfilment.
Until I was 55 music had its fulfilment in a variety of very enjoyable ways alongside my day gig as a nurse. Since then, poor health has all but crushed music out of my being and while I hang in there, it’s only survival at best.