Our conductors

Mark Atkins

2017 - present

Mark Atkins

Mark started playing the trumpet at 6 years of age, playing in a brass band on the Channel Island of Guernsey. At the age of 17 he moved to the mainland and joined the Staff Band of the Royal Corps of Transport.

Serving all over the world and several promotions later, Mark was appointed Band Sergeant Major of The Band of the Royal Logistic Corps, a position he held for 6 years.

On retirement from Army Music in October 2000, he started teaching part-time for Hindhead Music Centre and Hampshire Music Service - positions he still holds.

Mark is also a freelance trumpet player and is in great demand, travelling all over the UK. He has performed at all the country's major venues with some of the country's finest bands.

Mark is excited about the future of Farnborough Concert Band of The Royal British Legion. He is looking to challenge the Band and the musicians as individuals with a new and varied repertoire, to maintain and hopefully improve on the high standards already achieved.

Tom Higgins

2015 - 2017

Tom Higgins

Tom Higgins studied conducting and the oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, winning a silver medal with honours in his first year. He commenced his career as an oboist with the English National Opera Orchestra and was also for a time principal oboe of the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra. Later he continued his conducting studies with James Lockhart, formerly Music Director of the Kassel Opera House in Germany.

Jez Morish

2014

We are pleased to welcome Jeremy Morrish to the band as our new conductor. Also conductor of Woking Wind Orchestra, Jeremy has long history of both performing with, and conducting, wind bands. He has brought passion, enthusiasm and great ideas to the band.

David Smart LLCM

2003 - 2013

David Smart

David started his musical life at 13 years old as a trombonist for Barnstaple Town Military Band and Bideford Town Brass Band. In 1987 he joined the Army and was posted to the Band of the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment. In 1988 he went to the Royal Military School of Music for two years where he took a change of course and studied flute and classical piano under Graham Mayger and Veronica Clayton respectively.

It was while he was at Kneller Hall that David discovered a passion for writing band arrangements. This has come into great use since becoming the conductor of the Farnborough Legion Band.

Eddie Brown

1987 - 2003

In 1987 Eddie Brown and a selection of ex-service musicians and friends formed a Concert Band. Starting life in the local branch of the Royal British Legion, the band became known as the Farnborough Concert Band of the Royal British Legion. In the early 1990s the band moved to McGregor Barracks in Aldershot.

After 15 years under his leadership, Eddie Brown retired from the band in 2003.