Tim Paton – Trombone
He began piano lessons when he was eight. When Tim was ten he wanted to be a pop star, so he cobbled together a drum kit and formed a group with some friends. A year later he did something more sensible, joining the Weston Youth Orchestra playing timpani.
In 1966 Tim joined the Wessex Brigade as a junior bandsman, where he started learning the trombone. Two years later he went to the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, then, after another year with his regimental band, (Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment), he left the army to pursue a civilian career.
Tim secured a place at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and whilst there, and after graduating his musical activities have been vast. He has directed orchestras and bands, played trombone and bass guitar professionally, and been involved in recordings and broadcasting. Tim has taught all brass instruments, and for many years was Head of Music at two secondary schools. From 1995 until a few years ago, Tim concentrated on directing musicals, playing trombone and percussion freelance and publishing his own music.
In 2015 there was a vacancy in the Greater Manchester Police Band, and Tim was very pleased to be accepted as a player in this worthwhile activity.