Alistair grew up in West Sussex and was encouraged to learn the Trombone aged 7. After progressing through the local music centre system Alistair started studying at the prestigious Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While at Junior Guildhall Alistair was awarded the Prozone music Trombone Scholarship and The Junior Guildhall Brass prize.
In 2011 Alistair moved to Manchester to study Tenor and Bass Trombone at the Royal Northern College of Music. Alistair spent his third year in Essen, Germany, at the Folkwang Universitat Der Kunste, studying with Prof. Chris Houlding.
As a conductor, Alistair has taken various ensembles including the Folkwang Posaune Ensemble, Keele University Brass Band, Abney Orchestra, Boness and Carriden Band, Barrhead Burgh Band and is currently musical director of Broxburn and Livingston band. Alistair studied conducting with Michael Omer at Junior Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Mark Heron on the Royal Northern College of Music as part of his undergraduate studies. Alistair has participated in masterclasses at the RCS, RNCM, the Memphis Sinfonietta and the Cardiff International Academy of Conducting.
As a Trombonist, Alistair has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Roberts Bakery Band, Leyland Band, Faireys Band, and the Brighouse and Rastrick Band. Between 2018-2021 he was the Principal Trombone of the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland performing at events such as the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. He currently plays Bass Trombone with the North of the Forth Big Band.