Peter was born in Bedford in 1952. He first showed an interest in playing trumpet whilst in the Kempston Boys Brigade, where he played the bugle with The Kingfishers.
His granddad managed to get an old trumpet for him to try and, with the aid of Mr. Harold Reeves as his teacher, began to make progress.
He joined the Army in 1969 as a junior musician. After spending a year at Pirbright and then a further year at Kneller Hall (which is the army school of music) with the famous Mr. Jack Macintosh as his trumpet professor, he joined the band of HM Grenadier Guards in 1971.
He stayed with the band until 1992 and retired with the rank of Colour Sergeant and with three years as principal cornet under his belt.
On leaving the band he became a peripatetic brass instructor for Bedfordshire Music, a post that he still holds to this day. He has also been very supportive of the Ampthill Music Centre. He has been with Bedford Brass since 1992 both as a player and at times the conductor and currently leads the AJs.