A life-long resident of Coventry, one of Terry's earliest musical experiences was as a member of the City of Coventry Corp of Drums, where, from the age of nine, he learned to play a G bugle, combining this with the intricate formation marching that is still performed by them to this day. He also had the opportunity to tour widely at this time, visiting places such as Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and, in 1983, America, where they became the first non American corps to march in the prestigious Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York:
After taking time out due to illness in the mid 1980's, Terry returned to music in the early 90's. At first this was as a part-time student, studying music theory under Robert Ramskill at the Coventry Centre for the Performing Arts (later a part of Coventry University), before going on to complete a Higher National Diploma (HND) in music at the same institution, graduating in 1996. From 1997, he began studying music composition under indo-jazz fusion pioneer John Mayer at the Brimingham Conservatoire, finally graduating in 2000 with a BMus (hons).
Terry has composed and arranged music for various ensembles, including woodwind trio, jazz quartet, string quartet, chamber groups and full orchestra. He also has a keen ongoing interest in multimedia and modern technology, especially film, video games and website design.