MUSICAL DIRECTOR - Gavin Clemons
Gavin was born in 1970. He began playing cornet at the age of six for a family run Brass Band in his home village of Brailes, near Stratford upon Avon. In 1980 he began playing with Shipston on Stour Band, receiving lessons at Emscote Lawn School in Warwick before leaving that band to join the Royal Marines Band shortly after his 16th birthday. Having no cornet vacancies when joining the marines, Gavin accepted a place on Trombone, studying at the Royal Marines School of music, in Kent. Here he also trained on Tuba and Euphonium. Gavin's first draft, in 1989, was to Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland, FOSNI band, based in Rosyth, Scotland, on Bass Trombone. Two years later, his second posting was to the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines Band, CTCRM, based near Exeter. A further move saw Gavin play Principal Trombone with Flag Officer Plymouth Band where he was fortunate to perform to two members of the Royal family, Prince Charles and Princess Anne. He then moved to RM Band Lympstone and played Euphonium for South West Telecons Band. After departing the Marines, Gavin has played in a number of West Country bands and in 2008, whilst living in France, had the opportunity to be Musical Director of a local Brass Band, a position he held until his return to the UK in 2010. Most recently he has conducted North Somerset Community Brass.
Gavin was appointed Musical Director of the Corsham Band in June 2018.