West of England Finalists 2013 & 2015...
West of England Finalists 2013 & 2015...

Musical Director

David Boorer

David took up music at the relatively late age of fourteenwhen his music teacher suggested he learntthe bassoon. At sixteenDavid joined the Royal Marines Band Service andwas taught by John Williams of the City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and by Ian Cuthill while he was a student at the Guildhall School of Music. 

David has had a forty-year playing career that has seen him perform as an instrumentalist in major venues nationally and internationally as well as a soloist onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. 

David took up conducting in 2009 when he was stationed near Rickmansworth and discovered a new passionfor music outside playing.

After moving to the West Country in 2011 a chance meeting with Tiverton TownBand'sprincipal cornet player led David to theposition as MD of Tiverton Town Bandand he took over the baton at Phoenix Brass in January 2012.

After leaving the Royal Marines in 2013 David gained a BA(Hons) in English Literature, and following a family move to Lincolnshire took over as MD of Alford Silver Band.

Moving back to Devon in 2018 David took over as MD once again with Phoenix Brass in Crewkerne, as well as with Chard Concert Brass.

David lives in Tiverton, Devon with his wife Sally and between them have six children.

When David has spare time he likes to read, run, drink good coffee and catch up on his sleep.

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