People


The band is delighted to encompass a broad age-range in its membership, underlining the desire to make music in a joyful and friendly atmosphere.

A number of professions are represented by our players, including: medical practitioners, teachers, directors, sales executives and entrepreneurs, as well as those who are still studying or enjoying their retirement!

The band’s Musical Director is MICHAEL J. PEGRAM  FVCM, ARCM, psm (hons.) Michael started his professional career with the band of Her Majesty’s Welsh Guards in 1971 and toured extensively with them.  During his time with the guards he studied with Denis Wick, principal trombone with the LSO and professor of trombone at the Guildhall, London.

 

In 1977 he was accepted for the 3 year bandmasters’ course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.  He emerged with top honours, including the conducting prize and the coveted Worshipful Company of Musicians’ medal for the best student bandmaster.  In 1980 he was appointed bandmaster of the Royal Regiment of Wales and later transferred to the 9th/12th Royal Lancers.

 

Michael is an established arranger & composer for band music and has worked both on radio and tv. He has also adjudicated brass and wind band competitions in England and Wales.

 

In 1990 He was appointed Musical Director to the RAF Halton Band, an appointment he still holds today.  He was, until very recently, an examiner for brass at Trinity Guildhall in London.