Musical Director

Thomas P. Hodge

BMus(Hons) LRSM AMusTCL

Tom has recently completed a very successful career in the Royal Marines Band Service. As a musician – pianist, trumpet player and conductor, Tom has travelled extensively, performing in many venues worldwide. He also worked as a piano and trumpet teacher, and it was at this stage he gained invaluable experience as a mentor and conductor, specialising in playing and directing various musical genres. At this juncture, he was privileged to have the opportunity to be acquainted with world renowned musicians, such as Tasmin Little, Peter Donahoe and Marin Alsop.
Tom’s interests in music widened when he studied arranging, composition and conducting with the Royal Marines. He was awarded the Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians in recognition of his musical ability. His career high-point happened in June 2012, when he became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his contribution to the Royal Marines; awarded by Her Majesty the Queen.
Currently, Tom is a freelance musician, composer, arranger and director, working for a variety of musical organisations, to include the Southdowns Concert Band and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. More recently, he was commissioned to compose an extensive work for the Leeds Castle 900th anniversary celebrations. The piece, A Tribute to Leeds Castle, will be performed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at this year’s Musical Extravaganza, at Leeds Castle, in July.