I’ve been playing drums and percussion since I was 12 years old throughout both my primary and secondary school years. I then went on to study percussion at University of Southern Queensland which is located in my hometown of Toowoomba, Australia.
During my time in tertiary education I had many performance opportunities and regular engagements with various big bands, brass bands, concert/symphonic bands, jazz ensembles and pit orchestras. In 2014 I relocated to the UK after I was offered a 3 month trial with Cory Band.
Having the opportunity to play in this world-class ensemble has been the pinnacle of my musical journey and I have enjoyed much success with Cory, including being the current National, European and Brass in Concert Champions.
Joining the Army
Joining the British Army will allow me the opportunity I've always wanted – to play music for a living. I am also very excited to have been the first person awarded the new £10,000 "Golden Hello". This will benefit me immensely as I work towards building a more permanent life here in the UK, as well as making regular visits to Australia.
I have found the entire recruitment process to be absolutely brilliant! Everyone has been so helpful and encouraging. I feel so fortunate to be in the position I am with a promising career ahead playing music, making new friends and serving a great country. I would like to make special mention of the British Army recruitment team; the administration team at Kneller Hall and Captain Paul Collis-Smith for their pursuant efforts in ensuring my place in training.
I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to my friends and family who continue to support me from the other side of the world. Also, to my partner, her family and our UK friends – Thank you!