David Taylor has been a member of Birmingham Citadel Band since September 2005 when he came to study at the Birmingham Conservatoire with David Childs. He transferred to Birmingham Citadel from Norwich Citadel where his Step-Father was the Bandmaster.
David graduated in July 2009 and gained a Masters in Music from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2011. He now works as a Primary School teacher and brass peripatetic teacher.
David was appointed as Principal Euphonium of Birmingham Citadel Band in January 2008 and continues to develop as a fine Euphonium player with an ever-growing reputation. He is also Principal Euphonium of the Household Troops Band and has been Principal Euphonium of the Territorial Music School’s “A” Band as well a guest principal with the German Staff Band.
He is in great demand as a soloist and has recently featured with a number of the Salvation Army’s finest bands in this capacity. One particular highlight was his appearance as guest soloist in 2014 at the Hendon Highlights with Hendon SA Band under the baton of Dr Stephen Cobb.
Family: Wife (Delyth), Daughter (Rhiannon), Mum (Ann), Dad (Peter), Sisters (Hannah, Bethany, Sarah)
Current Employment: Teacher - Head of Brass at Birmingham Music Service
Hobbies: Football (Man. Utd.)
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Film: Star Wars
Favourite Band Piece: Masquerade
Brillante (P. Graham)
Soloist: David Taylor
Craig joined the Birmingham Citadel Band in September 2012 when he came to Birmingham to study with David Childs at the Birmingham Conservatoire. Craig’s “home corps” is Luton.
Family: Mum, Stepdad (Dad), Sister
Current Employment: Student (Birmingham Conservatoire)
Hobbies: Football, Football Manager, FIFA.....and practice!!
Favourite Food: Burgers or Lasagne
Favourite Film: Batman - The Dark Knight Rises or The Lion King
Favourite Band Piece: Alderney
Keith Watts is Birmingham born and bred. Passing through the Young People’s sections he was commissioned a Senior Bandsman in 1961.
For the first 2 years in Birmingham Citadel band he sat next to his Father, Alfred, playing Euphonium before moving onto Bass Trombone for 7 years. He returned to Euphonium in 1970 and spent many years as Principal Euphonium featuring as soloist on countless occasions.
Although originally qualifying in engineering, following a spell at Birmingham Conservatoire Keith spent 35 years teaching brass musicians. For 10 years, prior to his retirement in 2005, Keith was Head of the Music Service in Sandwell.
Family: Wife (Glenis), Sons (Christopher and Adrian)
Current Employment: Retired
Hobbies:Rugby-since my son moved to New Zealand I’m torn between England and All Blacks
Favourite Food: Chinese.....quite partial to a visit to Wing Wah!
Favourite Film: The Sound of Music...the last time I sat on the back row with Glenis!
Favourite Band Piece: Constant Trust and Resurgam
A Scot, hailing from Rutherglen, David arrived at Birmingham Citadel in 1992 via Stockton Citadel, Bristol Staple Hill, Bristol Citadel and Leeds Central. Apart from a year on Solo Horn at Rutherglen, his Senior Band years have been on euphonium.
In business, his breadth and depth of experience in senior management roles and as a Management Consultant spans a diverse range of key UK Central Government Departments, Local Authorities, the National Health Service, FTSE 100 companies, SMEs as well as the Voluntary Sector.
Family: Wife (Barbara), Son (Gordon) Daughter (Alison).
Current Employment: Management Consultant.
Hobbies: No real hobbies, but an interest in photography. Mmmm – just wondering, does travelling (particularly on cruise ships) count? If so, that’s my main hobby!
Favourite Food: Roast dinners, but I do believe I could live on pizza and flapjack. (Dieticians may disagree!)
Favourite Film: Currently, The Greatest Showman; however, Les Misérables (the live musical) surpasses any films I have ever seen.
Favourite Band Piece: As a boy I loved listening to Rutherglen Citadel Band playing the march Dovercourt Citadel – it was the euphonium part that caught my attention. Today I am privileged to be a part of a superb euphonium section which turns so many pieces into ‘favourites’. That said, there can only be one REAL favourite – Dean Goffin’s classic, The Light of the World.