Our Previous Musical Director - Guy Bennett

Guy started to learn percussion from the age of nine as well as being a keen chorister with the Kingston Parish Church choir. At the age of 11 he successfully auditioned for a part in the West End production of ‘Evita’ in which he sang and performed for three years.

Realising that he wanted to pursue a musical career, at the age of 16, Guy successfully auditioned for the Band of the Royal Artillery. During his musical training he won the Denis Brady Prize for Best Percussionist whilst attending the ‘Pupils’ Course’ at the Royal Military School of Music.

During his military career Guy served for 20 years with The Band of the Royal Artillery based in Woolwich, South East London where he was the principal percussionist and for his last 4 years the Band Sergeant Major. On promotion to Warrant Officer Class One in 2008 he was appointed as the School Band Sergeant Major at The Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall in Twickenham. Here, he was responsible for the training of young musicians prior to their assignment to Field Army Bands. In recognition for his work in this appointment Guy was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal in the New Years Honours List 2012.

In 2012 Guy was appointed as the inaugural Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, the senior Warrant Officer in Army Music where he worked alongside The Director Corps of Army Music to implement the reorganisation of Army Music as part of Army 2020. In November 2012 Guy was granted a Queen’s Commission and in April 2013 became the first Band Sergeant Major to commission into The Corps of Army Music. He currently works at Support Command in Aldershot where he is responsible for tasking all Regular and Reserve British Army Bands.

Guy was the Musical Director of the Belvedere Concert Band for 18 years before relocating his family to West Sussex in 2013. Under his enthusiastic leadership the band became one of the South East’s Premier Wind Bands. He remains the Band President to this day and takes a keen interest in the band’s progress.