Peter Halliday


  • Intro

    Peter was born in Bedford in 1952. He first showed an interest in playing trumpet whilst in the Kempston Boys Brigade, where he played the bugle with The Kingfishers.

  • Youth

    His granddad managed to get an old trumpet for him to try and, with the aid of Mr. Harold Reeves as his teacher, began to make progress.

  • Alla Marcia

    He joined the Army in 1969 as a junior musician. After spending a year at Pirbright and then a further year at Kneller Hall (which is the army school of music) with the famous Mr. Jack Macintosh as his trumpet professor, he joined the band of HM Grenadier Guards in 1971.

  • Service

    He stayed with the band until 1992 and retired with the rank of Colour Sergeant and with three years as principal cornet under his belt.

  • Conducting Business

    On leaving the band he became a peripatetic brass instructor for Bedfordshire Music, a post that he still holds to this day. He has also been very supportive of the Ampthill Music Centre. He has been with Bedford Brass since 1992 both as a player and at times the conductor and currently leads the AJs.