Michael joined the Junior section of the Snowdown Band in 1960 (aged 12) on Euphonium. He progressed to the Senior Band in 1962 where he played 2nd Baritone. He played in this position in his first ever contest at the Mineworkers Festival in Blackpool at the ripe old age of 14. He was promoted to Euphonium and played his first solo in the Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, aged 15. Micheal moved to the cornet section and played Repiano and then Solo Cornet for a few years. This was followed by a move to Tuba (to help out, when the band lost about 15 players). As the band regained its strength, Micheal moved back to Euphonium and Solo Euphonium where he stayed for many years. Micheal then had a two year break from banding and returned to play 1st Baritone and then back onto Tuba when a vacancy occurred. Micheal likes gardening, cycling, walking and (don`t tell his wife 😉 ) avoiding his grandchildren as much as possible!