WO2 Bdmr Russell J Young BMus(Hons) LRSM AMusTCL RM
Russ started his musical career at the age of seven as a trumpet/cornet player in Ripon, North Yorkshire and has played with various Championship Brass bands in the north. After gaining A level music at the Harrogate College of Arts and Technology he joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1993 at Deal and completed his training in 1995, gaining awards for the best cornet player and the aural cup. In September that year, he joined the Royal Marines Band Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth, Devon where he became the band’s principal cornet player, a position he held for over 10 years. During that time the BRNC band had many engagements internationally, highlights being San Diego, Oregon, Naples, Cyprus and Finland. He was promoted to Band Corporal in 2001 and in 2002 was part of a Breathing Apparatus Rescue Team in based in Runcorn, Cheshire during Operation Fresco. In September 2005 he attended the M1 music course passing with distinction. He was promoted to Band Sergeant in April 2006 and completed the twelve month Warrant Officer Bandmaster course in April 2007 gaining a LRSM diploma in music direction (Wind Band) and AMusTCL diploma in Musical Theory, Criticism and Literature. Following the Bandmaster course he joined RM Band Portsmouth and was fortunate enough to travel to Japan as part of a Brass Quintet and perform trumpet solos on the Mountbatten Festival of Music and the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
In April 2009 he was promoted to Colour Sergeant then later to Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class to take on the role of the RM Band Service Engagements Co-ordinator at Headquarters, organising and planning the programme for all the Royal Marines Bands. It was also in 2009 that he obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Music.
Russ was appointed as Bandmaster of The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland in January 2011 and became substantive Warrant Officer 2nd Class in April.
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Last updated 20 September 2011