Alex from Alva...
- Published on Wednesday, 22 July 2015 12:00
I was born in Edinburgh in 1966. I took up music when I joined Newbattle High School in Midlothian, where I was taught Cornet, Tenor Horn and eventually French Horn. After obtaining Higher Music at School, I followed the footsteps of my three elder brothers and joined the Army as a musician, when I enlisted into the Royal Scots at the Junior Infantry Depot in Aberdeen in 1983. After a further year's musical training at the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall), I was posted to the Regimental Band of the 1st Battalion The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) where I served in Germany, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. In 1991 I carried out my secondary role as a Medical Assistant in the 1st Gulf War.
In 1992, I was selected to attend the 3-year Bandmaster's Course, again at the Royal Military School of Music. On completion of this course in 1995, I was awarded 7 prizes including best original composition and best overall Student Bandmaster. I also attained the highest marks in the Ministry of Defence Bandmaster examinations and was awarded with the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians for musical achievement. In 1996, I was appointed Bandmaster of The Gibraltar Regiment, where I spent 18 months before taking up the appointment as Bandmaster of the Light Division in Winchester. In January 2000, I was commissioned and appointed as Director of Music of the Royal Irish Regiment. I retired from the Regular Army in 2006.
After conducting many Brass Bands throughout Scotland I joined the Army Reserves in December 2010, when I was appointed Director of Music of the Lowland Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland. I retired from the Army Reserves on 23rd July 2015 after completing 27 years in Army Music.
I now work as a Brass Instructor in Midlothian and East Lothian and live in Alva with my wife Lynne who is a local artist working from Marcelle House.
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