Director of Music
Tom Hodge MBE
Tom was born in Torquay, Devon – the youngest of six children. Music was an interest from an early age and he played the cornet in local brass bands and clasical piano for pleasure. Deciding to make a career in music, Tom joined The Royal Marines Band Service and during a successful career as a musician he 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 and was privileged to work with world renowned musicians, such as Tasmin Little, Peter Donahoe and Marin Alsop.
Tom’s interest 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 talent. In June 2012 Tom reached his career pinnacle when Her Majesty the Queen appointed him a member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (MBE) for his contribution to the Royal Marines.
Tom now works as a freelance composer, orchestrator and musician, writing and composing for a variety of musical events. He was commissioned to compose an extensive work for the Leeds Castle, 900th year commemorations, performed by the RPO and had his music performed at the D-Day 75th Anniversary Concert in Portsmouth, attended by Her Majesty the Queen and the President of The United States.
Presently, he is working with a variety of musical organisations including – The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Tom first conducted the band from 2008 to 2017 and returned to conducting the band in 2019, after a 2 year sabatical to the trumpet section.
We are so very lucky to have him as our Musical Director… he brings talent, dedication, experience, and enthusiasm to our rehearsals every week. He helps us strive for excellence in an atmosphere where music and playing bring enjoyment and fun, as well as a serious challenge for perfection. He is a true professional who can both engage with the audience and get the best out of the members of the band.