Bob started playing at 8 years old with Horbury Victoria Band. Soon after he moved on to Wakefield Metropolitan Schools Band where he played solo euphonium until a call from the world famous Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band set him off on a playing career that would see him play in some of the most prestigious venues on the planet.
After 10 years at Brighouse, Bob moved on to play solo baritone for Black Dyke Band, an era which saw him appear as a soloist all around the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York City!
This was a very successful contest era for Bob too, winning many major contests including the ‘holy grail’ for bandsmen – winning the European, British Open and National Finals in the same year.
In 2002 Bob went on to join Yorkshire Building Society Band under the baton of Prof. David King where he enjoyed a brief period which included 3 European wins, 1 British Open win and 1 Masters win. He also toured Australia performing in the Sydney Opera House.
After 3 years at YBS he moved on to Grimethorpe Colliery Band. After winning back to back National titles and a successful European in Norway in 2008 Bob decided to bring down the curtain on his playing career.
Following a call from life long friend, Andrew Whitaker in 2011 Bob picked up the euphonium, blew off the cobwebs and joined Lofthouse Brass Band where he has been ever since.
In 2017 Bob was awarded best soloist in the Yorkshire Area, one of the few awards he hadn’t already won in his career!