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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.