Malcolm has been involved with brass bands all his life. He grew up in a musical family on the North West coast of Tasmania. His father, Trevor, was Bandmaster of the Burnie Citizens Band, Latrobe Federal Band and also the Armidale City Band in N.S.W.
Malcolm started playing 3rd cornet in Burnie when he was about 11 years old and later joined Latrobe Band, as well, when his father took over as Bandmaster. He changed to tenor horn and was very fortunate to be a playing member of the Latrobe Federal Band when they toured England and Scotland in 1979. They visited practices of many bands including Black Dyke, Brighouse & Rastick, Hammond Sauce Works and also went to the Bellvue contest. A highlight of this trip was being conducted by the late Harry Mortimer.
Malcolm returned to Burnie Band for a few years but due to work commitments was unable to practice regularly with the Band. He returned to Band on a regular basis in the mid-1990s changing over to euphonium. After moving to the Ulverstone area in 2005, he joined the Ulverstone Municipal Band under bandmaster Chris Lusted.
Since moving to Victoria in October 2015 Malcolm has been very pleased to have joined the City of Greater Dandenong Band who have been most welcoming to both him and his wife Vivienne.
Malcolm and Vivienne have five children between them and nine grandchildren (at the last count!). They have really enjoyed settling into Melbourne life and look forward to many more years of banding.