Following in the footsteps of his Grandfather, big band leader Billy Minting (Sax, Clarinet), and rock'n'roll father Mike Minting (guitar), Will Minting (keyboards, guitar, vocals) studied piano from age 6, before becoming a Cathedral Chorister under the direction of Stephen Darlington, at St Albans in 1978. It became clear from early jamming sessions with his brother, Stuart Minting (Bass) that Will's musical ambitions were heavily influenced by the virtuosity of his Los Angeles session musician heroes.
Having recorded vocals on 5 albums and, on several occasions in the late 1970's and early 1980's performing live on BBC radio, Will Minting also notably performed at international Festivals, at Notre Dame in Paris, at St Paul's Cathedral, and featured in an ITV documentary. Will's formative years culminated in his appointment as Head Chorister, during which time he featured in a Royal performance at the Royal Albert Hall. Around this time, Will also performed percussion in a musical production at St Albans City Hall, and in a season of Joseph & his technicolour dreamcoat at Malrborough Road.
Will quit St Albans Cathedral to become keyboard player in Midnight Sun, which later re-branded as Thick Lippy. During a charitable 12 hour 12 bar blues marathon, a grand piano lid slammed shut, severing a nerve in a finger on Will's left hand.