Captain (Retired) Keith Hatton

BA(Hons) DipMus FTCL ARCM psm

Captain Keith Hatton was born at Bolton, Lancashire, and began his music making at the age of 12 within the brass band tradition. He enlisted into the Irish Guards in 1975 and served with their Regimental Band as a tuba player. Captain Hatton became an Associate of the Royal College of Music in 1980 and a Fellow of Trinity College of Music, London, the following year.

In 1984 he entered the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, to undergo the three year Student Bandmasters' course and upon graduation was appointed Bandmaster to the Duke of Edinburgh's Royal Regiment (Berkshire and Wiltshire). He passed the Advanced Certificate of Music examination (psm) in 1993 and was Commissioned and appointed Director of Music of the King’s Division Normandy Band in 1994.

In 1995 he was awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Open University. During his last 2 years with the Regular Army he served as Drums Company Commander at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick.

Upon returning to the civilian life he has served as Director of Music of the Greater Manchester Police Band and the Lancashire Artillery Volunteers' Territorial Army Band and latterly as Conductor of the Blackpool Symphony Orchestra