- 13/10/18 Midhurst at St. Mary Magdalene & St. Denys Church
BMus(Hons) LRSM AMusTCL CTABRSM
Ross was born in Kent on Valentine’s Day of 1978. He went to school in Torbay, Devon, and then to Sheffield University, where he studied music. He joined the Royal Marines Band Service as a solo clarinettist in 1997, passing out for duty in January 1999.
During his 20 years in the job, Ross has had some great experiences as a musician, playing at FA Cup Finals, Edinburgh Tattoos, Horse Guards Parades and at some superb concert venues across the country, including the Royal Albert Hall. Following various promotional courses, Ross has been Bandmaster on HMS Illustrious, of the Royal Marines Band Scotland, and at the Royal Marines School of Music.
Responsibilities outside of music, but within the Royal Marines Band Service, have included being part of a Green Goddess crew in 2002 (Operation Fresco – Fire Strikes), serving in Iraq on RFA Argus in 2003 (Operation Telic – Second Gulf War) and in 2014, also on RFA Argus, as part of the medical response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone (Operation Gritlock).
On the sporting front, he enjoys a plethora of sports to a mediocre level, including table-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. Ross is also a keen traveller and has been fortunate enough to venture, either with work or of his own volition, to Australia, Thailand, the United States and quite extensively around Europe.
Ross is now Supply Officer for Music for the Royal Marines and is editor of the Blue Band magazine – the journal of the Royal Marines Band Service. Apart from keeping fit and travelling, his other hobbies include attending a wide range of musical events, from rock, pop and jazz festivals to operas and orchestral concerts. He is also a keen sampler of real ale.
Ross was delighted to have been asked to become Musical Director of Southdowns Concert Band in November 2016 and absolutely loves it.