Originally from Coventry, Bobby started playing, at the age of 13, in local brass bands before joining the army, where he spent 5 years in Military bands including one year at Kneller Hall, the Royal Military School of Music. On leaving the army Bobby began a career in music which took him into several 'name' bands, notably Johnny Gray and his Band of the Day and then the very popular Ken Mackintosh Orchestra with whom he recorded and did a great deal of broadcasting and TV and theatre appearances. With that band he also began a singing career, both in a group and also as soloist. He also played with other famous bands of the time such as Cyril Stapleton, Jack Dorsey, Lou Preager and Ambrose.
A spell as Bandleader, which began in 1964, yielded success when he was accepted by the Mecca circuit, first at the Nottingham Palais and then at the Tower Ballroom in Birmingham where his band played from 1966 to 1980.
Bobby also taught brass instruments for Dudley Education Committee for 25 years, and formed a highly successful youth band, The BJ Big Band in 1978, retiring in 1997. He also was MD for the very active Cancer Research Players from 1981 to 2000, for whom his orchestra performed at the Royal Albert Hall in 1999.
In 1995 he joined The Martinique Jazz Band where his vast professional experience has proved invaluable, and his ability to give a consistently high quality performance under any conditions has earned him a monumental reputation in the field of 'small band jazz', a field that was alien to him for most of his career

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