A big welcome to our new Musical Director!

Tim Cooper 2We are delighted to welcome a new face to Chichester City Band – our new Musical Director, Tim Cooper.

Tim brings with him an impressive pedigree, having served as Director of Music of The Band of the Blues and Royals from 2007 until retiring from the Army in 2011, and we are really looking forward to having him with us.

Tim joined the Gloucestershire Regiment in 1977 as an oboist. After training he served with the Glosters in Germany, Cyprus and UK.  In 1983 he became an instructor at The Prince of Wales’s Division School of Music, and was then selected for the Bandmasters’ course. On graduating from The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, he was appointed Bandmaster of the Gordon Highlanders in Berlin. In 1994 he joined The Band of The Life Guards as Bandmaster and completed the five-month Household Cavalry equitation course. 

Tim was commissioned in 2000 and returned to the Prince of Wales’s Division as Director of Music of the Lucknow Band.  He was appointed Director of Music of The Band of The Blues and Royals, RHG/D in June 2007 and promoted to Major for the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Parade.

After a very successful career in the Army, Tim retired in April 2011 and, fortunately for us, settled on the South Coast. We count ourselves very lucky that he has decided on Chichester City Band as his next conducting challenge, and we are really looking forward to working towards our autumn/winter concert season, and to the new contesting year. (We’re only hoping he doesn’t have any ambitions to get us playing on horseback!)

Welcome, Tim!

Time to say farewell…

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Nearly two years ago, we found ourselves without a conductor when our previous Royal Marine MD, Ross Hunt, was posted to Scotland. As we were in the run up to a busy Christmas season, we were fortunate to find a very experienced temporary replacement in Ted Howard, who came out of retirement to cover the post for (supposedly!) six weeks. That ‘temporary’ assignment stretched out rather longer and Ted found himself staying on to be our Musical Director, and in the process working extremely hard to help the band rebuild after an unsettled period where we said goodbye to a few players AND had to move band rooms!

Well, the time has come for Ted finally to enjoy his retirement properly, and he is stepping down on August 3rd, after our participation in the WW1 Commemoration event in Chichester, and the closing concert for the Hotham Park Country Fair in Bognor.

Ted started his involvement with brass bands when he joined his school band, Netteswell, in Harlow, Essex. After leaving school, he spent twenty years in the army serving with the bands of the 3rd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment and the Royal Military Academy Band Corps. Having played in brass bands, army bands, orchestras, dance and jazz bands and also a German ‘oompah’ band, Ted has had a great deal of experience with all types and styles of music – he even appeared (sporting lederhosen!) with his tuba in an Annie Lennox video.

Ted also has enormous experience within the brass band movement, taking up conducting brass bands in 1985. As well as his stint helping rebuild Chichester City Band, he has had success with other bands, including Cosham Concert Brass (now Denmead Brass), New Forest Brass, The Cobham Band and Epsom and Ewell Silver Band. Over that period, Ted has taken brass bands to the lower section National Finals on five occasions. He is also a member of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors and has sat on the Executive Council.

With all of that experience, we have been extremely fortunate to have him with us for so long and we want to express our HUGE thanks for the tremendous amount of work he has done for us, and for sticking with us through interesting times! We are sure he will make the most of any well-earned spare time he has (including – we hope – at least the occasional visit back to conduct or play his tuba)!

Thank you, Ted!