Musical Director Biography

Paul Dove, the Essex Concert Band's Musical Director, first discovered a passion for music at the age of 11 whilst studying at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover. Here he was taught Clarinet by the Deputy Head of Music, Ian Smith and received Military Band instruction from the school’s Bandmaster, Peter Kane.

After leaving school in 2001, Paul decided to pursue a career as a professional musician within the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS).  After basic military training and a successful audition, he began Phase 2 musical training at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.


Whilst in Phase 2 training, Paul was awarded the Buffet Crampon prize for “Best Woodwind Player” of that year.  Upon completion of Phase 2 training, Paul was assigned to The Band of The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) and remained there until 2012, whereupon he was assigned to The Band of The Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), based in Surrey.  At both bands he held the positions of Principal and Co-Principal Clarinettist and Lead Tenor Saxophonist in both Big Bands.

Also, as a Saxophonist, Paul performs regularly with an Army ‘Ensemble of Excellence’ – The British Army Jazz Orchestra.  This is an ensemble that brings together the very best performers from across all of the musicians within the Corps of Army Music.

During his career, Paul has travelled extensively. Highlights have included performing in Russia, Jordan, Canada, The Falkland Islands, India and Bermuda to name but a few.  His travels with Army Music have seen him perform across most of Europe and all of the UK.  A career highlight was the chance to record a rendition of “Here’s That Rainy Day” on Tenor Saxophone for the REME Band recording – “The Force of Destiny”.

As well as travelling extensively, Paul has performed at numerous prestigious events such as Buckingham Palace garden parties, Changing of the Guard, Trooping of The Colour, Beating Retreat, The Royal Edinburgh Tattoo, FA Cup finals and the 75th Anniversaries of both the Normandy Landings and the Battle of Arnhem.  He has performed for numerous VIPs, Heads of State and Royalty across the globe whilst representing the UK.

Whilst serving, Paul has continued his studies with Trinity College London, gaining his Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) performance diploma in 2006 and a Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) performance diploma in 2009.  In 2021, Paul was awarded a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in Music Direction gaining a distinction score of 96%.

As well as performing on clarinet and saxophone, Paul is a keen conductor.  In 2015 he attended the Sherborne Summer School Wind Conducting course and studied under Mark Heron (RNCM) Bjorn Sagstad (RNCM) and Cynthia Johnston Turner.  Additionally, he has also studied conducting under Wing Commander (Retd) Rob Wiffin, a former Principal Director of Music for the Royal Air Force and professor of conducting at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall.

Paul has had the pleasure of conducting several bands during his career, including most British Army Bands and Test Valley Brass Band at the Regional Contest in Torquay in 2017.  Most recently he had the pleasure of being the Musical Director for Bourne Concert Band in Surrey from July 2018 until March 2019 whereupon, he relocated to Colchester.       

At the British Army Band Colchester (formerly The Band of The Parachute Regiment), Paul has again taken up the Principal Clarinettist position.  Additionally, he also leads the Big Band and performs in it as the Lead Tenor Saxophonist.

Paul is happily married to his wife of 12 years, Katie and they have been blessed with two children - Emma (11) and Jake (8).