Biography

FJM-bio

In common with many of his contemporaries John has spent a lifetime in music making as an instrumentalist, writer/arranger, conductor and brass tutor.

His musical roots are to be found in the Salvation Army where, from an early age, he was a member of the tuba section of the Boscombe Band, one of this country’s foremost musical ensembles.

On leaving school he auditioned and was accepted into the Royal Air Force Music Services as a tuba player in which capacity he served for a number of years at the music headquarters in Uxbridge and the Western Band of the Royal Air Force.

After his service in the Royal Air Force he returned to his home town of Bournemouth where he occupied the position of principal tuba with the Boscombe Band until his retirement from playing in 2011. During his lifetime of service within the Salvation Army John also played on occasions in the world renowned International Staff Band of the Salvation Army.

In addition to his service within the Salvation Army his playing career has also included working as a freelance tuba player and acknowledges the influence of Patrick Harrald.¬†Although his¬† career as a performer has taken pre-eminence John has also conducted youth groups including the Corps youth band, and has been invited on a number of times to be the guest conductor in America working at music schools in Minnesota and North Dakota. He also spent a nine year period as the tuba tutor for the Salvation Army’s UK Territorial Youth Band.

His arrangements and compositions submitted to the Salvation Army have been accepted for publication and a number of his compositions are also published by Kirklees Music. World class euphonium soloist Steven Mead has commissioned John to undertake a number of transcriptions one of which can be found in his catalogue – Fantasia de Concerto – a scintillating solo for euphonium/brass band, with a defining Spanish flavour. The CD is available as Fantasia de Concerto – subtitled Sounds from the Riviera(Boccalari) played by Steven Mead with The Fairey Band conducted by Howard Snell. CD Polyphonic label Number QPRL 209D.”Oration”

In addition to his performer’s awards of Associate of the Royal College of Music, Fellow of the Trinity College of Music and Licentiate of the Trinity College of Music John has attained a Masters degree with distinction in composition and a PhD in composition. His degrees were conferred by Salford University where he worked under the auspices of Professor Peter Graham.

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