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Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts on Simply Jazz

Written by on 12th October 2016

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Thomas Stevens very special guest today is Senior Director of Music of the Welsh guards and the Senior Director of Music Household Division, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Roberts. He first joined the Army as a musician in 1982 and has never looked back since.

He joined Chadderton Band and played with them for many years as well as other bands in the area.

Once he joined in 1982 he was keen on the idea of becoming director in the long term so he went on a band masters course and was eventually commissioned as a Captain.

He was then selected to become Senior Director of Music at the Household Division which directs music for the state bands which will involve promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. The Welsh Guards are the youngest of the foot guards, being raised in 1915. On 8 September of that year, Mr Andrew Harris, of the Royal Artillery (Gibraltar) was appointed to be the first bandmaster, and in November the band itself was formed. The regimental history tells us that the funds to buy the instruments were provided by the City of Cardiff.

With the prospect of having to live up to the high standards set by the existing guards bands, the Welsh Guards faced a tough challenge. Their first appearances on 1 March 1916, St David’s Day, however, dispelled any doubts that may have been harboured; a guard mounting at Buckingham Palace followed by a performance at a Welsh Patriotic Meeting at the London Opera House with Lord Harlech and Major-General Sir Francis Lloyd in attendance, demonstrated clearly the musical quality of the new band. They will be performing a concert on the 21st of October at st Wulframs church in Grantham at 7:30 soldiers  charity concert .

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This week Tom featured music by the Royal Air Force squadronaires, Sammy Nestico big band, Matt Monroe, Ed Puddick Big Band, Russel Watson, Luther Vandross, Gary Williams with the Chris Dean orchestra.