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Dave Wilson

Born in Preston, Lancashire. David started playing the baritone at the age of eight with the Besses o'th' Barn Boys Band. After progressing to the euphonium, he studied under Harry Bentham, former Leyland Motors Band principal cornet and continued in the solo euphonium chair with various bands which included, Hesketh Bank, Lancashire Youth Brass Band, and the Hoggarths Preston Band, until, at the age of 16 he joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a euphonium and cello player.

During three years training at the Royal Marines School of Music, Deal, he studied euphonium and trombone under Albert Thompson, former principal trombone of the BBC Scottish Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and was awarded the class prize for best euphonium. David passed for duty and spent a short time in the Royal Marines School of Music, Staff Band, Deal, before he moved to the Royal Marines Band CINC Fleet, HMS Pembroke, Chatham, for a tour of the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand.

In 1990 he was selected to attend the Bandmaster's Course at the Royal Marines School of Music, Deal, during which time he was promoted to Band Sergeant and awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music Diploma in Bandmastership. On successful completion of the course, David was drafted as principal euphonium of the Royal Marines School of Music, Staff Band, Deal, to undertake a tour of Australia.


On his return, he was appointed Bandmaster of the HMS Nelson Royal Naval Volunteer Band and in 1993 joined the Royal Marines Band FOSNI, (later to become the Royal Marines Band Scotland), at HMS Cochrane, Rosyth, where he was promoted to Band Colour Sergeant for a tour of the Caribbean as acting Bandmaster.

In January 1997 he was promoted to Warrant Officer 2 Bandmaster and joined the staff of the Royal Marines School of Music, Portsmouth as the Academic Instructor (Initial Training), where he was responsible for the selection, instruction and examination, of up to 50 students during their 2 years 9 months musical training. He was also a founder member of the Training and Development Team within the Royal Marines School of Music, which secured degree accreditation from the University of Portsmouth, enabling future generations of Royal Marines musicians to benefit from the opportunity to gain academic qualifications, up to MMus level, through the promotion structure, commensurate with their experience and professionalism.

After leaving the School of Music in January 1998, David was appointed Bandmaster of the Band of HM Royal Marines Scotland, HMS Caledonia, Rosyth, where he conducted many high profile engagements in major concert venues around the world, and was the first Bandmaster to lead a Royal Marines Band on the Royal Navy's newest assault ship, HMS Ocean, during Operation Tellar, in which his band was involved with hurricane relief in Honduras and Nicaragua. He remained in Scotland until he retired from the Royal Marines in July 2000.

David is a keen sportsman and enjoys cricket, football and golf. He also holds the unique honour of being the only Royal Marines Musician to have represented the Royal Navy at cricket.

On retirement from the Royal Marines, David moved back to his native Lancashire and commenced the challenges of a new career as a brass teacher and conductor. He also became a member of The Leyland Band and was successful in winning the English Masters contest and the champion band title at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain in 2005.

 

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