Adrian began to play the cornet at an early age when he joined the St. Dennis Band, under the baton of E J Williams in his native Cornwall. He progressed through the ranks and gained much success with both the youth and senior bands before joining the Bodmin Town Band on solo cornet in the mid-80’s. There, he and the Band enjoyed some of its most successful years, with European Tours, various recording projects and many contest victories. In 1996 he left Cornwall and Moved to East Devon, thinking that his banding days were over. Fortunately, it was not long before he found himself playing principal cornet with the Stoke Sub Hamdon Band in Somerset, where he had a very happy twelve months of engagements and contests. It was at the end of that year that a chance conversation began his conducting career. The Ottery St. Mary Band were in urgent need of a MD as theirs had retired due to ill health. He was given an audition and offered the position immediately, even though he had no previous conducting experience.
In March 1998 he accepted his present post with the Sidmouth Town Band. With Adrian, the band has become one of the leading bands in Devon, with a growing reputation of giving varied and enjoyable concerts throughout the year. During the time he has been with the band they have progressed from the Fourth Section to its present position in the First section, a reflection of how much the band has improved under his direction.
As well as conducting the Sidmouth Town Band, Adrian is also in demand as a guest conductor, taking other bands for concerts and rehearsals and adjudicating at various solo and quartet contests.