Soloing with the "Sixteen Men Swinging"
Welcome to my website.
I bought my first Clarinet in 1955, and a Tenor Sax soon after.
It had to be a Tenor, as I was setting up a Dance Band with some
friends, two of who already had Alto and Baritone. We called our
band "The Satellites", and started our own Club in the
Manchester area, so that we could play, and invite other local bands to
play there. It was called "The '57' Club", as we created it in 1957.
Two years later, I joined the Army, becoming part of the South Wales
Borderers Band. (Here seen in Hong Kong)
In 1970, I was selected to attend a three
year Bandmaster's course at the Royal Military School of Music,
Kneller Hall. On completion, I was appointed WO1 Bandmaster of the
"Royal Welch Fusiliers" (picture below)....
., and stayed with them till passing the
Advanced Certificate of Bandmastership (the "psm"), and being posted to
the Prince Of Wales Divisional Depot at Lichfield, to train Junior
Musicians for five Regiments within that Division.
On retiring from the Army in 1983, I worked in the Headquarters of the
Royal Hospital Chelsea , helping to look after the famous Chelsea
Pensioners. Here, with the help of the Wefare Officer, I managed to set
up the "Royal Hospital Band", pictured below,
(which I'm pleased to say is still going strong), before returning to
Lancashire in 2000 to concentrate on Big Band work, and conducting.
Come and see me with:-
"The Ray Gordon Band". The New Monteray Hotel, St. Annes on Sea. Every Monday starting at 8.30 pm (except for Bank Holidays)
"The Jubilee Big Band". Jubilee Club, Torrisholme (near Morecambe). Every Wednesday at 8.30pm.
"Sixteen Men Swinging". The Conservative Club, St. Annes (Practice Session) - Thursdays commencing 8pm.
"The John Towers Big Band ". The Arts Centre, Garstang (Practice Session), each Friday at 7.45pm.
John Towers Big Band Website
Also Conductor and Musical Director of the "Fylde Concert Orchestra"