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Captain Sam Hairsine

Attended Hymers College:

1994 - 1997

What makes this nominee inspiring?

Sam Hairsine is a Director of Music in The Bands of His Majesty’s Royal Marines. After his time as a choral scholar at Lincoln Cathedral he took up euphonium at Hymers College under Robert Childs, becoming a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain as well as Championship section brass bands. On joining the Royal Marines Band Service he also learned the cello and commenced a career that has taken him around the world. He has performed solos in some of the best venues in the UK and Europe, and enjoyed a year in Naples with the NATO Band. He has also deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, where music played a vital role alongside military tasks. He studied for his Masters in conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music, working with world-renowned conductors and ensembles. He has conducted several Championship-section bands, including the Grimethorpe Colliery Band and has taken Royal Marines Bands to the World Band Festival in Lucerne, Hamina Tattoo, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo, and conducted a joint orchestra and choir in Mexico. He has also made recordings and conducted the Red Army Band, Norwegian Armed Forces Bands, and the Marinierskapel in the Netherlands. He enjoys playing sport, brass banding and doing what he can to help promote music, values and good leadership.

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