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John Winterflood ARCM LGSM John Winterflood hails from Swindon in the West Country, his musical career began at the age of ten and from an early age gained a reputation as an outstanding euphonium player before enlisting into the army as a musician. John's professional career began when he enlisted into the Regimental Band of the Scots Guards and then the Royal Scots Regimental Band.From the outset John made his mark and during his one year instrumental course at the Royal Military School of Music was a member of the famous "Kneller Hall Fanfare Team". He performed at many State Ocassions and performed in Westminster Abbey at HRH Princess Anne's marriage to Captain Mark Phillips. John's talent and ability was recognised by the Principal Director of Music (Army) Lt. Col. Trevor Sharpe and was invited to return to Kneller Hall on a three year graduate bandmasters course. During his time on this course he studied Harmony, Aural, Orchestration, Conducting and Band Management as well as performing as principal euphonium in the Kneller Hall No 1 Band and once again in the Fanfare Team. He performed throughout the Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations and also gained his ARCM and LGSM in brass band studies. Being in London gave John the opportunity to work as a freelance performer working at various recording studios on film and television music as well as commercial 'Jingles'. On graduation from the Bandmaster's course he was appointed Bandmaster of the Royal Irish Rangers Regimental Band, a position he held for more than 10 years. He directed the band in many countries through out the world and United Kingdom and produced five albums with them. John was subsequently appointed bandmaster at the Army Junior School of Music (Bovington) and the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall. On retirement from the army John returned to his home town of Swindon as a freelance peripatetic teacher, it was during this time he founded a community youth brass band with a membership of more than 90 young people. He was successful in being appointed Deputy Director of the local music service with a responsibility for instrumental tuition in fifty seven schools. Being the Musical Director of the Great Western Youth Band and Brunel Brass has brought John back to his musical roots. The success of Brunel Brass has been meteoric, winning four regional chapionships and two National titles with a band comprised of young players. John has adjudicated at the National Finals of Great Britain, the National Eistedfodd of Wales and contests in the South East and South West of England and Wales. John is looking forward to adjudicating in the Yorkshire Regionals next year.
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