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Duncan Stubbs

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Duncan Stubbs


Duncan Stubbs (b. 4 August 1961, Stoke-on-Trent, Beritain) is a British bassoonist, conductor and composer.

Both of Stubbs' parents played piano, and, as a result, he began playing at an early age. At age 12, he began to learn to play bassoon in school. He organized a small wind ensemble when he was 14. In his teens he became fascinated in golf, and for a time, the course had a stronger attraction for him than the bassoon. But, when he heard a concert by a wind band at his school, Sandon High School, he returned to his devotion to music.

Stubbs spent two years at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College and then went to York University, where he studied for a math/music degree. There he sang in a barbershop quartet and had a leading role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial by Jury. After graduating from York College, Stubbs spent a post-graduate year at Birmingham University, specializing in music education and performance.

He enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1983 and left the service in 1991 as director of the Royal Air Force Western Band. During this period, Stubbs worked with the British and World Associations of Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, promoting local wind band events. He also continued to play bassoon, performing for local amateur dramatic productions. He was appointed principal director of music for the Royal Air Force in 1994. Two years later, he worked in the Headquarters, Music Services for the Royal Air Force Norholt. During this period, he also directed the Bucks Symphonic Wind Band and the Kew Wind Orchestra. In 2001, Stubbs was appointed director of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

In November 2006, he was appointed Director of Music, Headquarters Music Services, based at Royal Air Force Newholt. His responsibilities there were administrative; policy, procurement, allocations, and training aspects for all Royal Air Force musicians. Three years later, he was commissioned a wing commander and made principal director of the Royal Air Force.

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