Town Band announces new Musical Director
and Highbridge Town Band have announced the appointment of Gavin
John to the position of Musical Director.
joins the band having started playing the cornet at the age of six,
although family lore has tales of him playing the bugle when he
was just two!
first band was a family run village band where he held the position
of 2nd Cornet, becoming Principal Cornet player at the age of just
10," says the band's Andrew Blake.
this time he also started playing with Shipston-on Stour and holding
the positions of 2nd Cornet, Repiano and then at the age of 15 found
himself as Principal Cornet. During this time the band progressed
from being a 4th Section Band to the 2nd."
the age of 16, Gavin joined the Royal Marines Band on trombone,
bass trombone at first then moving on to play tenor trombone, euphonium
and tuba. Gavin holds Grade 8 qualifications in all these instruments
along with the cornet."
completing training at the Royal Marines school of music, Deal,
Gavin was drafted to Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland,
the Commando Training Centre in Lympstone and HMS Raleigh before
again being drafted to Lympstone to end his career spanning 15 years.
During his career he played at many prominent venues and performed
a number of solo items including Command performances to Royalty."
leaving the Royal Marines Band, Gavin enjoyed a time of conducting
and composing; and during a career break to France spent a year
conducting Just Brass 79."
his return to the UK, Gavin continued to play with a number of local
bands. After brief break from banding, Gavin now returns with the
baton at Burnham and Highbridge Band where his energetic style and
enthusiastic stage presence will have audiences entertained and
calling for more."
and Highbridge Bands 2017 season of ever popular concerts
at The Princess Theatre and Art Centre starts on Sunday 23rd April
town band will be holding a concert tonight (Saturday) in Mark Church
with a mixed programme of music to suit all tastes. The event will
start at 7.30pm and is open to all, with tickets costing £7
and available on the door. Accompanied children are free.
on in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge