I return to London and switch to trumpet
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Billy Howard: A Cautionary Tale of a One Hit Wonder...
With Gerry Brown's Jazzmen - First Professional Band 1961
Alvin Roy Band - 1963
Ken Barton
On Board Ship
Early Photos - First Attempts

The Early Years - Teenage Billy

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Age 15. Dad told me I'd
be looking for birds now...


Age 17. First job, first suit,
contemplating the future...
Age 18. Semi-Pro
jazz trombonist
Age 19, based in
Bournemouth,
a premier U.K.
holiday resort
9 months playing jazz trombone,
and getting paid
for it!
But - the thing is -
was I
REALLY
happy?
Bloody right
I was!
First pro band on Trumpet
Touring...
Butlins...
Holiday...
Camps...
All the way to South Africa...
Cape Town, East
London, Port
Elizabeth, Durban
Leon put me in touch with Dennis Lee who invited me to join his Trio on
bass guitar and trumpet for transatlantic crossings on the ocean liner
"Empress Of Canada".
As you'll see on the next page, It turned out to be an important step in my journey....
First Trumpet promo photo
With bandleader Leon Chead (right)
I make my first record with Gerry's band
Band - 1962