Our Musical Director - Sergeant Matt Bowditch BMus (Hons) LRSM ATCL

Matt is originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and began learning the trombone at the age of twelve. Music has always been a passion of his, and he played in various ensembles throughout his time on the island including orchestras, wind bands, brass bands, brass ensembles and jazz bands. After studying music at GCSE level, he continued his musical studies at A level, and also learnt the euphonium. Whilst studying for his A levels in music, maths, physics and design & technology, he achieved his ATCL in trombone performance, and decided to audition for the Royal Marines Band Service.

After the successful audition and upon competition of his A levels, Matt realised his ambition to join the Royal Marines Band Service and began basic training in September 2007.

After a year and a half of training from military instructors and trombone lessons from Gordon Campbell, arguably the best jazz trombonist in the country, Matt passed out of training and joined the band at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines in April 2009, where he led the trombone section for many years. Whilst at CTC Band, he went on a three-month tour of Afghanistan during Op Herrick XIV as an armoured ambulance driver, and also studied for a bachelor's degree in music through the Band Service's distance learning program; graduating in the summer of 2015 with First Class Honours.

After being drafted to Portsmouth Band in 2015, Matt got the opportunity to perform two trombone solos at the Mountbatten Festival of Music, at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and 2017. Following these solos, Matt put away his trombone briefly, when he undertook the necessary music and command courses required for promotion to Sergeant. Deciding to pursue a career path in conducting, Matt began learning in 2016, before embarking on the yearlong Bandmasters' Course with the Royal Marines. After graduating at Easter 2018, Matt was sent to the Royal Marines School of Music as the Trombone and Academic Instructor, where he still currently serves.

Keen to gain as much experience as possible, Matt is delighted to be able to join Emsworth Concert Band, where he hopes to make good music and have some fun along the way. Matt currently lives in Portsmouth with his wife Georgina and their Hungarian Vizsla dog called Amber. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit, cycling and is also learning dog agility.

Previous Director Guy Bennett