Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones - conductor, Royal Military Band Leader and after dinner speaker – is charming, insightful, and awe-inspiring. Military Lieutenant and conductor Graham blends his musical knowledge with tales from his time in the service. Jones offers a charismatic and compelling speech to an after dinner audience.
With the precision and timing of an experienced military man, and with the wit and anecdotes of someone who has spent time in the company of soldiers and Royals for his entire career, Lieutenant Colonel Graham Jones - conductor, Royal Military Band Leader and after dinner speaker – is charming, insightful, and awe-inspiring.Graham’s military career began when he joined the Royal Artillery
Graham’s military career began when he joined the Royal Artillery Band, and studied the harp under the tutelage of the famous harpist Maria Kachinska.
In 1981 Graham enrolled in the Bandmaster’s Course at the Royal Military School of Music, where he studied for three years and won prizes for composition and orchestration. He was appointed Bandmaster of 16/5 The Queens Royal Lancers, during which time he was made a Member of the British Empire for his outstanding service to the Regiment.
In 1994 Graham was appointed as Director of Music, The Lowland Band of the Scottish Division, and three years later he moved to the Band of the Light Division, and eventually was promoted to Major and posted to Headquarters Army Music, Kneller Hall as Officer Commanding the Training Development Team.
Graham was so influential in the world of military music that he pioneered the Army accreditation programme, linked to Trinity College of Music in London.
In August 2001, Major Jones achieved his life-long ambition by being appointed Director of Music, Coldstream Guards.
He earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Reading, and then a Doctorate of Music Arts. He was the first army director music to gain a DMA.
2008 saw Graham to be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel becoming Senior Director of Music, Household Division, and in 2011 he retired from the army, and now conducts and organises international music events.
2011 was also the year Graham oversaw the band’s recording of the largest collection of recorded military music covering the period 1785 to the present day.
Displaying his musical talent across the globe, Graham has played with an incredible plethora of musicians and orchestras. Available as a guest conductor, band trainer, educator and speaker, Graham is the perfect choice for all kinds of musical events.