Newtongrange Silver Band are delighted to announce that Paul Collis-Smith has accepted the post of Musical Director, succeeding Nigel Boddice MBE.

Paul started his brass band career as a cornet player in Cheshire, playing for the Cheshire County Youth Brass Band and Royal Doulton Band. At the age of 16, he realised that music was something he wanted to pursue full time, so he joined the Army in 1990 attending the Army Junior School of Music in Dorset. After one year, he won best brass and best overall musician prizes before moving to the Royal Military School of Music in 1991 where he won a prize for exceptional proficiency on the cornet. Then, after a short spell with the Cheshire Regimental Band, he was moved to Shropshire to the newly formed Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division where he became Principal cornet.

After eight years, Paul was selected to attend the three year Bandmaster Course where he gained a BMus(Hons) degree. During this time he also ran the Kneller Hall Trumpeters and took part in events such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee service in St Paul’s and the Royal Variety Performance. After a spell as Bandmaster for the Royal Gibraltar Regimental Band he moved to London to be the Bandmaster of The Life Guards Band. In 2011 he was promoted to Captain and became the Director of Music of the Band of The Royal Regiment of Scotland, based in Edinburgh.

Whilst enjoying a career as a musician in the Army, Paul has not left his Brass Band roots. During his 22 years (and several locations) he has been heavily involved in local brass bands. While working in London he was teaching brass and conducted the Great Western Youth Brass Band based in Swindon. He also regularly worked with the newly formed Brunel Brass where many of the youth band players also attend. In Gibraltar he formed a youth band to help produce quality players within the area. He is a founder member of the British Army Brass Band performing in several concerts around the country and a ‘Listen to the Band’ recording on solo horn.

The Band would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to our previous MD, Nigel Boddice MBE. Nigel has worked tirelessly with the Band over the last three years and we are extremely grateful to him for his excellent leadership and training.
Whilst welcoming Paul and looking forward to working with him, we wish Nigel every success for the future.