Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Neil started playing cornet at the age of 7 in local brass band, Downshire Brass. A few years later he moved onto the trumpet, eager to expand his growing passion for music and exploration of different genres within various ensembles.
Neil graduated from The University at Newcastle upon-Tyne with a BA (Hons) in Music, majoring in Performance Studies. After graduating he then went to play in the Theatre Bands onboard cruise ships for P&O Cruises.
Neil currently works as a freelance Trumpet Player, Educator, Arranger and Musical Director in around the South Coast of England regularly playing with touring shows, big bands, orchestras and singers. He works as a peripatetic teacher at Canford School (Dor), Godolphin School (Wilts), King Edward VI School, Barton Peveril Sixth Form College and Walhampton School (Hants).
Neil has studied with the likes of Mike Lovatt, Richard Martin, Paul Young, Martin Shaw, Bobby Shew, Greg Spence and Tim Garland.
Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to have performed or recorded with artists such as Omar, Debra Stephenson, Matt Terry, Samantha Harvey, Joe McElderry, Zoe Tyler, Darren Day, Will Martin, Brian Conley as well as Jazz Artists Elaine Delmar, Gwilym Simcock, Elenor Keenan, Alan Barnes and Gilad Atzmon.
Neil has played for many ensembles and touring shows such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, "Annie" The Musical, Magic of Motown, Shed 7, QDos Pantomimes, Band of Skulls, Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, The Crooners Show, The Squadronaires Big Band, Memphis Belle Swing Orchestra, Talon - Best of the Eagles, The Glen Miller Tribute Orchestra UK, Ephemerals, Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular, Saints Brass, The Jonny Cash Roadshow and European Youth Brass Band.