2017 All England Masters International Champions
Mick began playing cornet at the age of 7 with Llanrug Band in North Wales. At the age of 10 the family relocated to Rochdale and Michael joined Rochdale Band (later to become known as Rochdale Wilsons Band).
During this time Mick was tutored by the renowned cornet player Norman Ashcroft (Fairey Band). He stayed with the band for eighteen years during which time he progressed to principal cornet.
In 1988 Mick was invited to join the Brighouse and Rastrick Band and played a part in what could arguably have been their most successful period, winning several titles including 2 National titles, 3 All England Masters, 1 European title and 7 Yorkshire Area titles.
Whilst at Brighouse Mick’s versatility to adapt was called upon on several occasions. Throughout the thirteen years he was at Brighouse he held the positions of solo baritone, solo horn, flugel and various cornet positions, including (briefly – 5 months) principal cornet until the arrival of the legendary Jim Davies.
After a short break due to work commitments Mick played with local bands Whitworth Vale and Healey and United Norwest Co-op Milnrow. In May 2004 he joined Wingates playing solo EEb Bass until February 2005 at which point he joined YBS on horn in time to compete at the Yorkshire regional contest, and later that year toured Australia with the band for 11 days, and performed in the final concert of the tour at the famous Sydney Opera House.
2006 saw Mick return to Wingates on his then preferred instrument, the EEb bass, but shortly after accepted an invitation to return to YBS on EEb bass. After the departure of David King from YBS, Mick joined the Fairey Band on EEb bass, where he enjoyed various contest and concert performances.
Mick re-joined Brighouse and Rastrick Band in 2009 on Solo EEb, winning the Yorkshire Area in 2010 and 2011, and winning the Nationals in 2010.
In September 2011, he returned to his Rochdale roots and joined The Mighty Milnrow Band, but shortly after moved on to Solo Horn in time for the Scottish Open in November.
Following the departure of the band’s Solo Euphonium player James Emberly, due to relocation down South, Mick took the opportunity to apply for the vacancy and wishes he had chosen the Euphonium years ago.