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Updated 31 May 2008

ghart@blueyonder.co.uk

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A Bit About Myself

I have been married to Chris since 1989 and have a step-son and a step-daughter, Barry and Cheryl.

Cheryl is married to Roy and they have a son, Matthew, and his new sister Stephanie.

My forte has always been music since I began piano lessons at the age of seven, along with training in classical singing.

On leaving school my parents suggested that I audition for one of the military bands and so I went to the Royal Navy recruiting office in Brighton where I applied to join the Band of H.M. Royal Marines..

At the age of fifteen and a half having successfully passed the Royal Marines audition, I was accepted into the Royal Marines School of Music based in Deal, Kent; where I studied orchestral percussion for two and a half years. On completion of training I had the good fortune to be posted to the Staff Band of H.M. Royal Marines, also based in Deal.

Having served in the band up to 1979, I took up a percussion teaching post in the Sultan of Oman's Royal Army Band, followed by seventeen years in the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.

During this period I worked for a while in the orchestra for the world famous London West End hit show Les Miserables at the Palace Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, on drums. I have also appeared on many recordings, tv shows, and television with various bands and ensembles..

A lot of my spare time was also spent working with various brass bands including Luton Brass Band, Hangleton Band, Patcham Brass Band, Welwyn Garden City Band, Handcross Band, Ware Brass Band, Betteshanger Brass Band, Tilmanstone Colliery Band, Margate Silver, and Birchington Silver Band.

As if I didn't have enough on my plate I worked for eleven years on most afternoons in various schools as a percussion teacher for Croydon Music Teaching Agency. Weekends were given over to gigging with the trio "First Choice" working the West London clubs.

Having travelled the world with the British Forces, I left the Central Band of the RAF in 1999 when I was once more offered a post in the Middle East as a Warrant Officer in the Sultan of Oman's Forces teaching percussion in the Band of the Royal Air Force of Oman based near Muscat. I am still resident here in Oman, visiting the UK three times a year.

 

The Staff Band of H.M. Royal Marines

(Royal Marines School of Music, Deal, Kent. 1972 -1978)

Royal Marines Band Website

The Royal Marines Band, HMS Fearless

(Mediterranean 1977)

The Royal Marines Band, Flag Officer Plymouth

(HMS Raleigh. 1978 - 1979)

The Band of the Sultans Royal Army of Oman

(Percussion Instructor at Muaskar Al Mutafa'a, Oman. 1980.)

The Central Band of the Royal Air Force

(RAF Uxbridge. 1982 - 1995 and 1997 - 1999)

The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment

(RAF Northolt. 1995 - 1997)

The Band of the Royal Air Force of Oman

(WO1 Senior Percussion Instructor at RAFO Ghalla, Sultanate of Oman. 1999 to the present day)

 

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