Chapeltown Band appointed Sam as Musical Director in 2017 following the resignation of previous incumbent Andrew Dennis.

Originally from Reading, Berkshire, Sam grew up in Tavistock, Devon. His early musical years were spent with his local town band (Stannary Brass Band), Bodmin Town Youth Band, City of Plymouth Wind Band and The Royal Naval Volunteer Band, Devonport.

Having moved to Barnsley to study under David Hirst and Roger Webster, in 2000, he joined Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band. He played with Brighouse and Rastrick Band and Grimethorpe Colliery Band, mostly on Repiano Cornet and Flugel Horn before returning to CMFCB in 2009, where he continues to occupy the Repiano Cornet seat.

He currently works as a part-time teacher, musical director and session musician. His passion for brass banding continues to be the focus of much of his free time, however more recently he is finding the time to compose, arrange and perform with a widervariety of ensembles.

Sam is also a trainee adjudicator and member of AoBBA.