(I talk about myself in the first person on this page as well.)

Sam started playing the accordion when he was only four years old. He passed all his accordion examinations from grade one to grade eight, along with various medal exams and diplomas. He is an associate of the Victoria College of Music and was taught by Elaine Beecham. Over the years he's competed and performed in many festivals, competitions and shows. When he was a member of the Colchester Accordion Showband Sam toured the west coast of America and performed in venues across the UK.

Sam plays a wide variety of music including polkas, musettes and modern art music. At university he performed music composed by Jurgen Lochter, Pietro Frosini, Karen Fremar and works performed by the accordionist Friedrich Lips. Sam played accordion in a few live songs with the band Daylight Saving.

Sam started the clarinet at the age of seven, mainly because he wasn't big enough to play the Alto Saxophone. He has taken Associated Board clarinet exams, many (including grade eight) with distinction. At college he had lessons with Susan Boddy, and then he had a year of tuition at Canterbury Christ Church University with Professor David Campbell.

Sam jumped some of the exam hoops on the sax, including honours in the Guildhall School of Music's grade eight Jazz Saxophone exam. The sax became Sam’s outlet for jazz and improvisation. As a saxophonist Sam was a dedicated member of the big band and jazz-fusion band at Canterbury Christ Church University. Sam played both alto and tenor saxophone for Daylight Saving, The Mop Collective and Fiddler's Elbow.

Sam had lessons in piano playing and harmonisation at the piano whilst studying music at school. He has taken grades three, five and six with the Associated Board.