Gavin has been the Principal Cornet of the International Staff Band since 2021. He joined the ISB in September 2012 as a member of the Solo Cornet section having deputised with the band on several occasions on both Solo Cornet and covering on Soprano Cornet.
He grew up in the Potteries at the Chesterton Corps, until moving away to study Music. Gavin's formal music study gained him a BMus (Hons) performance degree on the Trumpet. In addition to this he has been awarded the Fellowship of Trinity College London (FTCL) for solo performance.
On completion of his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, Gavin worked for nearly a decade as a freelance Trumpet player with UK orchestras. Currently he is the Director of Music at Stafford Grammar School, which is an independent school with over 70% of the school population making music. In the wider brass band movement Gavin has played with many of the leading UK bands including Black Dyke, Brighouse and Rastrick and the Cory band, with whom he won the National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013.
Gavin is a member of the Birmingham Citadel corps where he was formerly the band's principal cornet under the leadership of his Father and, since 2011 he has been Bandmaster of the Birmingham Citadel Band. He attends the corps with his wife, Stephanie, and their four daughters.