Darren began playing the cornet with Porthleven Town Band aged 8 under the guidance of Stanley Oliver and Henry Medlin. He joined Camborne Town Band at the age of 14 where he received tuition from Edward Ashton and Albert Chappell. Upon leaving school he joined the famous GUS band who were British Open Champions. Darren later returned to Cornwall in 1989 where he held the principal cornet position with St. Dennis Band.
In 1991 Darren moved back to Camborne band as principal cornet where he retained this position for 8 years. He enjoyed many happy and successful times with the band and won several prestigious solo awards at numerous competitions throughout the country.
During his time at both St. Dennis and Camborne he played under the baton of Derek Greenwood whose musical talent and ability has had a long lasting influence on him.
On many occasions Darren has had the opportunity to play under a number of great conductors such as Bramwell Tovey, Frank Renton, Leonard Adams, Steve Sykes and John Berryman. Furthermore, he has been fortunate enough to have played with some of the country’s top bands including Grimethorpe, Cory, Fodens and Brighouse and Rastrick.
Darren was appointed as the Musical Director of Roche Brass in March 2017.