Tony started playing the piano at the tender age of 5 - his mum thought it would be a good idea to have a musical ability.

Music has featured in his life since then.

As a very young teenager, he joined the sea cadets and became a bugler in the marching band.

This took him to the Royal Tournament in the late 50's where he witnessed the Royal Marines Band performing and decided that he wanted to join them.

In October 1962 at the tender age of 15, he left school and travelled to Deal in Kent where he signed up for a career with the Royal Marines as a bandsman.

The instruments he played on joining were just the piano which was great for orchestral work, but as you can't hump a piano around a parade ground he also learned how to play the flute and piccolo for the marching band.

Tony served 10 years with the RM Band and left due to Conservative cut backs in 1972.

 

Since then he has had a varied career in Retail, Life Assurance, and running his own Landscaping business, but has always had the ability to play music in the evenings and weekends as a semi professional musician working many varied bands and styles of music over the years.

Early in 2022 he had to retire from playing live music in order to spend more time as a carer for his partner.