Brian began playing percussion at the age of 41 years,
after gaining inspiration from his trumpet playing daughter, Emma, who played
with the Usworth Youth Orchestra.
At that time,
Sunderland Symphony Orchestra had only one tenor drum and one side drum, but, in
October 2001 two timpani (25 and 28 inches) were purchased. The
orchestra now has four new copper timpani, which are Brian's pride and
Brian served his time at Wearmouth Colliery, Sunderland, and worked as
an underground fitter until closure in December 1993.
As a mechanical engineer, Brian has held lecturing posts at Doncaster
University, Hartlepool College and Wearside College in Sunderland.
Taking a break from teaching, he was subsequently employed at Titan
Fluid Technologies Ltd. (hydraulic and pneumatic engineers) in
In April 2015, he accepted the position of Lecturer in Mechanical
Engineering at Sunderland College.