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Gay Corrie

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Thomas Henry Gabriel (Gay) Corrie (6 June 1924, Newry, North Ireland) was an Irish composer, primarily of marches.

As a boy, Gay studied French horn with his father and also studied piano. He joined a local band in Newry with the hope of becoming a British bandsman someday, but the maternal side of the family objected. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers’ School (primary and secondary), staying on past the maximum age for taking army bandboy examinations.

He served in the Royal Air Force from 1942 to 1946 and saw much action as a flight engineer (flight sergeant) on Halifax bombers during World War II. He was awarded four medals.

After the war, Gay entered the teachers’ training college at Bamber Bridge in Preston, Lancashire, England. In 1951, he settled in Barrow-in-Furness, England, where he taught history and other subjects in secondary schools until retiring in 1984.

Corrie has made well over 200 arrangements for concert band or brass band, many of which have been recorded by British Bands or bands on the Heritage of the March series (including 44 of the marches of Herman Blankenburg). In the field of literature, he has written numerous pieces for journals and also record jacket notes, radio and television copy. He reviews records for the International Military Music Society. Among his honors is honorary membership in the Sergeants’ Mess, Queen's Own Highlanders.

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