British Airways Band appoint new Musical Director

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by suevel, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. suevel

    suevel New Member

    The British Airways Brass Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Major Colin Reeves LTCL LRSM psm as Musical Director. Major Reeves has been connected with the band for a number of years and this appointment sees him returning to the MD role after a gap of 3 years. The outgoing Musical Director, Jon Brigden, has stepped down on health grounds but remains with the band on cornet. The band wishes to thank Jon for all the work he has done both as MD and behind the scenes to help promote the band.

    After a successful tour of California last autumn, the British Airways Band has had a busy year so far supporting local community events, such as the Ealing pensioner’s concert, Laleham and Shepperton fairs, and the British Airports Authority Rotary Family Fun Day at Heathrow. During this summer, the band can be seen at the 151 Royal Logistic Corps Open Day, a Thames Valley Hospice fundraiser held at Windsor race course, The Mansion House London, the Metropolitan Police College Hendon and at the Windsor Half Marathon.

    Notes to the Editor:

    The British Airways Brass Band provides musical entertainment in the form of concerts, marching, ceremonial fanfares and music for more formal gatherings in and around the London area.

    We are based at The Concorde Centre, Cranford, and rehearse on Wednesday evenings through out the year.

    The Band can be contacted for bookings and by prospective players through our website

    Major Reeves joined the Army at sixteen as a Junior Musician in the Royal Artillery. He became Principal Trombone of the RA (mounted) Band and Principal ‘cellist before being selected to attend the Bandmaster course at the Royal Military School of Music Kneller Hall in 1974.

    On graduating in 1977 he was appointed at the BM of the Royal Scots. In 1983 he was appointed Director of Music (North) controlling the bands of the Scottish and King’s Divisions before taking up the position in 1985 as the Senior DoM BAOR, controlling over 25 bands.

    On the move again, in 1987 Major Reeves returned to the Royal Artillery band in Dortmund. During this period he produced the music and displays for the Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies in 1986 as well as many other major events.

    In 1989 he moved back to England to take over the reins of the Life Guards Band, one of the most prestigious units in the army, where he had to learn to ride at the age of 46 and took part in many State Occasions.

    On completion of almost 38 years service Major Reeves became a civil servant at HQ RMSM Kneller Hall in charge of the career development for over 1200 musicians in the Corps of Army Music.

    Major Reeves has retired from Kneller Hall but is still very active having been MD for Alder Valley, Atlas Copco, and Bedford Town Band and is currently the MD for British Airways Band.
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  2. andywooler

    andywooler Supporting Member

    My congratulations to Colin - I was a pupil at KH whilst he was a student BM (not that I suspect he will remember!)

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