Tom Stevens talks with Gary Stevens
Written by Ryan Jones on 16th June 2016
Join Tom Stevens every Tuesday from 12pm until 1pm for Siren Simply Jazz only on Siren FM and online.
Relax with your lunchtime jazz as Tom plays the very best of past and present jazz and swing with the melodies from the golden age of the Big Bands.
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This week Tom features music by USAF Airmen of Note, Puppini sisters , Frank Sinatra and count Basie orchestra ,Royal Air Force swing wing the Big band of the Royal Air Force Swing wing , Matt Ford and his swing’ big band , Amy winehouse , Matt Monro and USAF orchestra the Airmen of Note, Stan Kenton Alumni band . And a interview with my Dad, Gary Stevens, Leader of The House Band and Trombone player.
In August 2015 Gary left the Royal Air Force after serving over 38 years in The Royal Air Force Music Services.
Coming from Brackley in Northamptonsh
He joined the Royal Air Force in 1977 and has served with The Central Band of the Royal Air Force, two tours with The Band of the Royal Air Force Germany, The Western Band of the Royal Air Force, two tours with The Band of the Royal Air Force College and The Band of the Royal Air Force Regiment.
Gary has performed as a Royal Air Force principal trombonist and soloist in many countries throughout the world backing well-known artists and playing on many high profile ceremonial events including Royal and State Occasions, Queens Golden / Diamond Jubilees, Queen mother 90th/ 100th Birthday celebrations and funeral, Presidential visits, Guard Mounts at Buckingham Palace /Windsor Castle.
In January 2008 Gary received the Queens Warrant and was appointed the Warrant Officer and Bandmaster of the Band of the RAF College. During this time, he was the leader of Royal Air Force Swing Wing the Big Band of the Band of the Royal Air Force College, this was without doubt one of the highlights of his career leading this magnificent 18-piece big band on many concert engagements.
Leading RAF Swing Wing gave him great pride in the musicians he led and allowed him to introduce fine artists to work with the band. On retirement Gary is now proud to present The Gary Stevens House Band featuring eight outstanding jazz and big band players from across the country who will be backing some of the finest artists in the UK today.