Musical Director

Ross Hunt



Ross was born in Kent on Valentine’s Day of 1978 but grew up in Torbay, Devon. Upon completing A-levels in English Literature, Music and Christian Theology he attended Sheffield University, studying music. A keen clarinet player from the age of nine, he joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a solo clarinettist in 1997, passing out for duty to Portsmouth Band in January 1999.

Ross joined the RM Band Service for four main reasons: to play music, to enjoy sport, to travel and to have opportunities to socialise with a variety of people.

Musically, Ross has had the opportunity to sit next to some great clarinet players from whom he has learnt a great deal. He has also led the Massed Bands at the Mountbatten Festival of Music in the Royal Albert Hall and has performed solos with Portsmouth and Scotland Bands. Instructing at the Royal Marines School of Music from 2005-2007 was a career highlight for him and engagement-wise the Edinburgh Tattoo and Horseguards Parade rank amongst his favourites.

On the sporting front, Ross enjoys a plethora of sports to a mediocre level, including tennis, football, squash and cycling. He has run about a dozen marathons, the most memorable ones being the US Marine Corps Marathon in Washington and two marathons on treadmills whilst at sea.

Travel-wise, Ross has been fortunate enough to venture with the Band Service to Thailand, Australia, the US, Iceland and Bridlington. He was part of a Green Goddess crew during the 2002 fire strikes (Op Fresco) and in 2003 spent some time in the Gulf as a casualty handler on RFA Argus during the second Iraqi conflict (Op Telic). During his two year tenure as Volunteer Band Instructor on HMS Illustrious he visited Estonia, Gibraltar and Portugal.

Ross has had the pleasure of meeting an eclectic mix of people during his career so far, which has led to, amongst other things, meeting Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle, running some of the 1999 London Marathon with Frank Bruno and randomly bumping into an old school friend in Kuala Lumpur airport.

Apart from keeping fit, his hobbies include attending a wide range of musical events, from Glastonbury and jazz festivals to operas and orchestral concerts. He is also a keen sampler of real ale.

After a two-year tenure as Bandmaster of RM Band Scotland Ross spent a few months back on RFA Argus on Op Gritrock as part of the response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, following which he was promoted to WO1; he currently serves as Bandmaster (Training) at the Royal Marines School of Music.

Ross is proud to have been asked to become Musical Director of Southdowns Concert Band in November 2016 and is already loving it.