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John Sullivan was educated at the Bluecoat School in Oldham where he was the Euphonium soloist in the school band, and also at the Oldham Youth Band. He went on to study the Bass Tuba at the Northern School of Music in Manchester, graduating in 1972, just months before the NSM amalgamated with the Royal Manchester College of Music to form the RNCM (Royal Northern College of Music). After playing with various orchestras and bands throughout the country, he went on to teach music, both as Head of Music in a number of comprehensive schools, and as a peripatetic teacher of brass instruments.
He wrote his first brass band composition at the age of 15, and continues to write, for various ensembles to this day. For many years he was the organist and choirmaster at a number of local churches.
His interests are wide and varied, and they include the Theatre, the Arts in all forms, Amateur Radio, Local and Family History, Digital Macro Photography and Travel.
For a time after leaving teaching, he set up a business making hand-carved Victorian Rocking Horses and hand-carved leather goods.
He has been married to Franoise for almost 30 years and they have a son, Ben who is studying Politics at University.
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