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Band Personalities

A brief insight into the background of the Band's Chain of Command.

Major Kevin Davies enlisted into the Army in September 1983.  He joined the Staff Band of the Royal Corps of Transport, Aldershot as a clarinettist in January 1984.  His nine years service with this band saw him tour widely where as principal clarinettist he visited countries such as Cyprus, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Italy and the Queen’s official State Visit to Jordan in 1984

He was selected to attend the Student Bandmaster’s course in 1992 where upon graduating won the Principal Director’s Music Prize for conducting in 1994.  He was appointed as Bandmaster of the Royal Corps of Signals Band in January 1996 where he spent three years touring countries such as United States of America, Cyprus, Sweden, Germany and Northern Ireland.

He was then appointed as Bandmaster Irish Guards in January 1999.As well as performing at the many high profile and prestigious events undertaken by this band he was deployed on operational duties in Kosovo in July 1999.

He was commissioned in January 2005 and was appointed Director of Music, The Bandof The Brigade of Gurkhas.  He was then appointed Director of Music, The Band of The Life Guards in July 2008 following successful completion of his 5 month equitation course. He spent 3 years undertaking many State and high profile events including directing the two mounted bands on the Queens Birthday Parade.  He spent the next two years as SO2 Manning & Recruiting at the Headquarters Corps of Army Music a position which was responsible for the Manning and Policy issues of the Corps and the recruitment of potential musicians into the army. He was appointed as the Director of Music of the Band of the Grenadier Guards in July 2013.

Warrant Officer Class One Taylor-Smith joined the Army in 1999 as Principal French Horn player with the Grenadier Guards Band, billeted in St James in Central London.  Prior to this, his initial military service began in the Royal Air Force (RAF) with the Cranwell Band in Lincolnshire. He furthered his RAF career in 1991 with The Central Band in Uxbridge (North West London) with whom he served in the Gulf War on Operation Granby in Saudi Arabia (Al Jabal). The band was attached to 4626 Field Hospital Squadron, a Territorial RAF Squadron. Additional postings followed: Regiment Band in Northolt (1994) and a second tour in the Central Band (1996).

After changing Arms of the Service, he was honoured to take part in many prestigious ceremonies with the Grenadiers Guards Band. These were performed for Royalty, the Prime Minister, other Heads of State and many visiting foreign dignitaries.  Such occasions included:  Changing the Guard, Investitures for the Queen, The State Opening of Parliament, The Queen's birthday parade and the Queen Mother's 100th birthday celebrations (he also paraded at the 90th Celebrations with the RAF). Many of these were conducted on the famous Horse Guards parade ground in the centre of London. The Grenadiers Guards Band also represented Britain on many overseas tours throughout America (on the extensive Columbia Artist's tour), Canada, Bosnia, Belgium and Germany.

In September 2005 he was privileged to be selected to attend the Student Bandmasters' Course at Kneller Hall from which he graduated after three years with a BMus (Hons), majoring in composition. His BM’s career to date has seen appointments to the Prince of Wales Band and the Band of The Royal Corps of Signals. In July 2013 he returned to the Grenadier Guards Band as Bandmaster.

Born in Huddersfield, Andrew started playing the trombone at the age of eleven. Throughout his education he was involved in a variety of musical ensembles ranging from local brass and wind bands to regional county orchestras.

He joined the army as a junior musician at the Guards Depot, Pirbright in September 1984. After passing out in December 1985 he continued his musical training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.

In 1986 he was posted to the Royal Artillery Alanbrooke Band in Dortmund, West Germany where he spent 8 years playing both trombone and cello, touring extensively around Europe and achieving the rank of Lance Bombardier.

On the disbandment of the Alanbrooke Band in November 1993 he returned to the UK to join the newly formed Army Air Corps Band stationed in Middle Wallop, Hampshire. During his 10 years there he continued to tour the UK, Europe and North America promoting to the rank of Sergeant.

In June 2004, he was posted to the Band of the Grenadier Guards on promotion to Colour Sergeant where he has since experienced a wider range of engagements, including Investitures, Changing the Guard and the Queens’ Birthday Parade. He has continued to expand his musical training achieving a Master of Arts degree in music performance from the University of Salford.

In April 2008 he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class Two and with it the position of Band Sergeant Major, Grenadier Guards. In March 2012 he was again promoted, this time to Warrant Officer Class One and given the prestigious post of Senior Band Sergeant Major Household Division.

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