With this firm grounding in music Kevin enlisted in the Armed Forces at the age of 18 and joined the band of the Queen’s Own Hussars (Royal Armoured Corps). Whilst with the QOH he had the good fortune to study for two years at Kneller Hall, the Army school of music. Upon completion of the course he returned to the QOH as principal trombone and featured soloist, which involved extensive touring and concert engagements with various ensembles within the overall band context.
In 1990 Kevin left the Army to pursue a career as a freelance musician and follow his new found love for jazz, which he discovered after hearing Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen performing on an Army Camp in Germany.
Kevin moved to London to immerse himself in the genre and rub shoulders with the leading names associated with the art form. In a short time he secured an engagement under his own name at the prestigious 100 Club. As a result the phone soon started ringing and he found himself in demand in and around London working with the jazz musicians he had hitherto only dreamt of appearing with.
During 1995 he returned to the Southwest settling in Devon. Full time study for the next four years followed with Kevin completing a music degree at Dartington College of Arts to augment his Army qualifications, all this whilst still gigging as much as possible at various clubs, hotels and events as trombonist and vocalist, fronting his own quartet and also working with the ever popular Pete Allen Jazzband
After completing another year of study Kevin successfully completed a PGCE which in addition to his music degree qualified him as a Secondary School music teacher, a profession he pursued. However, the call of live performing and life as a professional jazz instrumentalist proved too hard to ignore and he returned to full-time performing in 2002.
Since that time Kevin has become well established and respected as both trombonist and vocalist not only in the UK but around Europe, essentially with the duo “This Is What We Do”, and again as trombone, vocalist and front man with the sensational Hot Banana.
Kevin`s regular appearances in Germany and all the Scandinavian countries as guest trombonist and vocalist with the "Paul Harrison Band" from Denmark has secured his reputation as a firm favourite at major European clubs and international festivals including Dresden, Copenhagen and Haugesund, to name but a few.
Kevin’s most recent project has come to fruition as a quintet known as Slide By Slide, which as the name suggests consists of a frontline of two trombones. This is a very exciting concept and Kevin feels there is a place for this type of high quality entertainment on the jazz club and festival circuit, which seems to be the case as Slide by Slide has recently been nominated "Best festival Newcomer" to celebrate its first appearance in 2011 at the prestigious Marlborough Jazz and Blues Festival.
With all this going on Kevin’s a very busy guy but still finds time for guest appearances up and down the country.
When does he sleep?!