Lance Corporal Damian Dunphy is a trombonist with the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band (HC&C Band) based in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Prior to joining the HC&C Band on its formation in 2006 he was a member of the King’s Division Waterloo Band, and prior to that the Regimental Band of the Green Howards.
Having served such a length of time in Yorkshire Damian’s roots are well and truly established. He plays for a number of orchestras in the North East in addition to a number of brass bands, he is also the Musical Director of a local brass band and has conducted a number of other bands in the area.
17 May 2012
Historical steps: Sandhurst and speed marching
Musician LCpl Dunphy and band have been doing a stint as the resident band at Sandhurst: “Whilst the after dinner music is often a matter of the personal taste of the Director of Music, the formula is probably not. The Band march into a dimly lit room and deafen a number of unsuspecting guests in a grand twist on the Victorian concept of ‘parlour music’.”
28 March 2012
From music to military training tests
Musician Damian Dunphy has been juggling his trombone with a rifle and keeping on top of soldier training, “The pallid complexion and debilitated demeanour of the lifeless forms in front of us may well have been evidence of a particularly harrowing rehearsal, however, the presence of brand new boots soon confirmed that these were indeed training aids and not overly fatigued musicians.”
18 December 2011
LCpl Dunphy: “Directions to our accommodation were as follows; “Go to the top of the esplanade, go up the hill, do not stop until you get to the top of the hill. When you get to the top of the hill go through the doors in front of you and up the stairs, you are on the fourth floor”, needless to say Wednesday’s trip to the gym ended up being postponed!18 November 2011.”
Lest we forget
In his first blog LCpl Damian Dunphy talks about performing a number of Remembrance concerts, including the Festival of Remembrance at York Barbican and also performing with The Royal British Legion at Durham Cathedral.