Ray has worked for the Leeds Music Service (ArtForms) for 36 years and has always helped with the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, in particular as the percussion tutor for the orchestra.
On many of the courses and trips he has been the leader, looking after the responsibility of health & safety, risk assessments, and trying to take some of the pressure off the conductor.
He currently runs two percussion ensembles as part of the CLYM setup. In the 1990s He also conducted the City of Leeds Youth Brass Band taking them to perform in the Festival Hall in London and also taking them on various tours including one to Paris.
Ray is heavily involved with Brass Bands and helps with the logistics of running the National Youth Brass Band Championships, Action Aid Medical Research Youth Brass Band Entertainment Contest, Tameside Youth Contest and many other events.