Garry is one of the most respected and sought after conductors in the Brass Band movement.
From 1983 he had a unique 17 year relationship with the village Band from Marple, which culminated with the Band being crowned British Open Champions in 1996! For Garry, this was his second title, having won the contest with Kennedy's Swinton in 1989, when he became the youngest conductor in he entire history of the competition to take the title and also the very first recipient of The Mortimer Maestro Award.
He was appointed Musical Director of The Grimethorpe Colliery Band in 1991, a position he held for twelve glorious years. Following the success of the film Brassed Off, Garry conducted the band on sell out tours across the world, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, USA. Europe, appearing in iconic concert halls such as Sydney Opera House and New York's Carnegie Hall! He also won six Brass in Concert titles whilst with Grimethorpe.
In 2003 he was awarded the Isles Medal from The Worshipful Company of Musicians.
Between 2000-2005 Garry worked closely with his dear friend and mentor, Elgar Howarth as Associate Conductor to the NYBBGB.
2004-2009 he was the Professional Conductor to The Fodens Band. During this period they became the inaugural winners at The English National and a further 10 titles including two British Open Championships, 2004 and 2008.
Garry has adjudicated at many Festivals including the Australian Nationals and several European Championships.
He is currently the Professional Conductor of The Fairey Band from Stockport, the newly crowned North West Area Champions.