Stuart began his musical career by learning the cornet with Lanner Band aged 6. At the age of 8 he became principal cornet of Lanner Junior Band and then became principal cornet of the senior band (then in the 3rd Section) at the age of 13. He joined the Camborne Town Band on 2nd cornet at the age of 16 and at age 18 became principal cornet at Camborne. He changed to Flugel Horn in 1994 and while at Camborne won the South West Area twice and qualified for the National Finals 8 times.
Stuart became MD of Lanner & District Silver Band (then in the 2nd Section) in 2001 and in 2003 won the 2nd Section in the South West Region and were 3rd at the National Finals. During this time the band were promoted to the 1st Section, came 2nd in the 1st Section at the South West Regional Finals and gained promotion to the Championship Section.
Following this, Stuart spent some time with St Keverne Band also achieving Championship status with them and a 4th placing on their first attempt at South West Regional Championships.
In 2009 Stuart made a welcome return to Lanner Band.