Rob is one of the most respected cornet players of his generation. An honours graduate from the University of Salford, where he studied Band Musicianship under Professor David King, Dr Roy Newsome and the legendary David James, Rob has gone on to hold the principal cornet chair with the finest brass bands in the country, including Tredegar, Brighouse & Rastrick, Yorkshire Imperial and Grimethorpe Colliery. Rob took the assistant Principal cornet seat at Black Dyke Band aged just 18, and returned to the same seat over 30 years later to help the band win the 2012 European Championships in Rotterdam, his 4th victory at that competition.
Rob was also instrumental in the reforming of James Shepherd Versatile Brass, holding the lead trumpet seat for a very successful period including the release of two CDs on which he solos on cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn.
Rob is now lead soprano cornet for the exciting collaboration ‘Tubular Brass’ which is bringing brass music to a whole new range of listeners, including in 2017 both the WOMAD and Bluedot festivals. Tubular Brass also performed to a capacity audience at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival.
In 2013, Rob was appointed as Musical Director of the Slaithwaite Band in Huddersfield. Instant success followed winning the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest just 3 months later. During his 4 year tenure at Slaithwaite, Rob would win that particular contest 3 times and place as runner up once. Victories also followed at Ripon Entertainment Contest, and the Yorkshire Area contest – leading to promotion for Slaithwaite – with other notable placings at Brass Factor, Holme Valley and Rochdale contests.
Rob is committed to the development of brass banding and its repertoire – without losing sight of the incredible heritage we have as a movement.