Gary started Wessex Music in 1999 after a career as a Royal Navy Submariner marine engineer; he started playing clarinet in 1976 & later moved to saxophone & flute. Whilst at sea in 1980 his instrument broke so he had to fix it himself. The job took 3 frustrating days & would now take him just a matter of hours. He spent time with flute repairer Jon Dodd and was accepted into the Royal Marines Band Service workshop twice a week for two years learning from their NAMIR technicians. He attended the Malden School of Musical Instrument Repair (Where he now teaches) and became a professional member of NAMIR. He still plays with Royal Navy bands but most of his time is used supplying Tim with tea & cakes.
Tim joined Wessex Music in 2008 after almost 37 years as an Aircraft Engineer in the Royal Navy. He has played brass instruments from his early teens (not long really!), starting on trumpet and sliding all the way through the band to his current position on Eb Tuba with the Royal Navy Volunteer Band at RNAS Yeovilton. A registered professional member of NAMIR, Tim mainly carries out repairs to brass instruments and guitars, as well as feeding Gary with cake and coffee! He also calms the computer down after Gary has been on it! When not at work or out with the band, Tim enjoys long walks, cycling and even the occasional 5k run all of which have to be fuelled by cake!