Neil began playing music at an early age taking up clarinet at age eight and saxophone when he was fifteen. Neil studied at the Royal College of Music junior department up to the age of eighteen. Throughout his degree studies (bridges and tunnels!) Neil continued to play music. During this time Neil became increasingly interested in playing jazz and other styles as well as classical music, especially on saxophone. On completing his degree, Neill embarked on a career of teaching and performing on clarinet and saxophone and has now been working professionally for the last twenty years.
Since moving to Devon in 2001 he has become increasingly busy as a saxophonist, playing in many styles including classical and jazz throughout the South West including his own jazz quartet, The Neil Maya Quartet, as well as with Solar and other function bands as well as various freelance work. With his quartet he has played to much critical acclaim all over the South West of England and has produced two CDs. As well as live performance, Neil teaches clarinet and saxophone privately. He also runs a number of groups and takes workshops as well as arranges and composes.