Alan began playing the trumpet at the age of 8 years and was taught by Edgar Whitham, a peripatetic brass teacher employed by the local authority. When he was 12 years of age, he joined Edgar’s Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble and 3 years later became soprano cornet player with the band.
He is now the secretary and instrumental tutor of the Huddersfield Youth Brass Ensemble Association, musical director of the youth band and soprano cornet player for Huddersfield and Ripponden Brass Band.
Alan is also Musical Director of Grange Moor Brass Band, appointed in 2019.
Alan was previously a member of Hebden Bridge Band in the early 1970s and the West Yorkshire Police Band from 1987 until 1998. He re-joined the band in 2010 and is now their deputy musical director.
In 2000, Alan achieved a BA (Hons) in Band Studies. He is a Director of the Yorkshire Brass Band Championships Limited and is the Chief Steward for their annual regional championships weekend in Huddersfield.
Alan is a retired police officer but is now a primary school teacher, currently employed by Kirklees Council. He has two sons and two grandchildren. One son plays cornet and the other is a percussionist with the Marsden Silver Prize band.