Introducing our Band...
Tiverton Concert Band can trace its history back to 1944 with the forming of the Tiverton Youth Orchestra under Ron Davey MBE. In 2003 the current concert band format was formed and 14 years later now boasts a membership of over 40 musicians of all ages and levels. Instrumentation includes woodwind, Brass and percussion with what could be the most comprehensive selection of percussion instruments for any band in Devon.
John Fitton B.Mus(hons), MSc, LLCM. PGCE
John grew up in Walsall and was taught the piano from an early age by the inspiring music teacher Joyce Mildren. He took up the bassoon as a teenager and played for the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra before studying music at Goldsmiths’ College, London.
After gaining a music degree he went to York University to study for a Masters in Music Technology. Following a short career as a software engineer for Marconi Radar, he trained to become a secondary school music teacher.
He has been living in Tiverton since the early 1990s during which time he has played many roles in the musical life of the town. As well as directing musical groups including Tiverton Operatic Society(senior and junior groups), Willow Tree Theatre Company and Tiverton Singers he has also taught numerous Tiverton youngsters to play instruments.
John has a long standing connection with the Concert Band having initiated its change from an orchestra to a wind band. He is currently teaching brass instruments, recorder and piano peripatetically in schools in Tiverton and is organist at Tiverton’s St Andrews church.
John’s family are also very involved with musical activity. His daughter Lydia plays violin and sings whilst son Ben plays French horn in the band. His wife Catherine is also a band member, playing flute, and is responsible for music at a local primary school.