Alan always had a love of music. His father was a pianist in Aylesbury with local Dance Bands and passed on his enthusiasm. Alan learned to play piano but wasn’t at that time classically inclined and has never taken academic grades.
On leaving university (where he studied Physics), marrying and eventually acquiring a house, one of the first purchases was a piano and he studied playing it at night school for 20 years. The birth of a son in 1976 prompted him to buy a clarinet and on his son reaching an age where his cornet playing resulted in an invite to join the local Scout and Guide Band, dad was asked to join as a helper.
Alan bought an alto sax and joined a night school big band this subsequently became a rehearsal Big Band which he has run since 2006.
At a Scout and Guide band reunion, Alan was told about the Middlesex Yeomanry Association band. He was interested and subsequently went along to a rehearsal in Nov 2002, enjoyed it and has played with it since, mostly as 1st Alto Sax.
The band until ‘lock down’ played in the White House Community Centre in Hampton, where he became involved in the Community Centre’s managing charity as a Trustee and eventually Secretary. This was of use to the band in its interactions with the centre.