In his youth Cliff’s passion for music was paramount. Starting in the Glebe District Silver Band at the age of seven, Cliff played tenor horn, cornet, trumpet, trombone and piano accordion for Army Bands in Sydney, Tokyo and Brisbane. Cliff found civilian life hard and worked many jobs while trying to survive, including cleaner, labourer, and private detective. Today he lives in Tweed Heads with his wife of ten years, Dian. He has five daughters, who range in age from 23 to 53, five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.