Captain Michael Walters joined the Corps of Army Music in 1989 and served as Principal Euphonium with The Band of The Life Guards. He was also extensively employed as a State Trumpeter, performing regularly at state banquets, diplomatic receptions and many other significant royal and national occasions both at home and abroad. In 2002 he was selected to attend the Bandmaster Course at the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall where upon graduation he was fortunate enough to receive prizes for composition, arrangement and conducting culminating in the award of Best Overall Student Bandmaster.
In August 2005 he was appointed Bandmaster of the King’s Division Waterloo Band and subsequently the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, both based in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. In June 2008 he was appointed Bandmaster, Irish Guards. In 2011 he commissioned to the rank of Captain and was appointed Director of Music of The Band of The Army Air Corps.
Michael holds a BMus(hons) degree, is a recipient of both the Bronze and Silver Medals of The Worshipful Company of Musicians and also holds Fellowships of the Victoria, London and Trinity Colleges of Music. His many compositions and arrangements are published by Safemusic Ltd and also by Ulrich Kobl of Munich.
More recently he has embarked upon a period of doctoral research at the University of Leeds. Particular strands of research have involved an investigation of the musical architecture contained within working memory and the subsequent use of zygonic theory in the compositional process. Compositions written during the research process have been performed by eminent soloists and ensembles including the renowned contemporary music ensemble LSTwo.
Some recent reviews
'There is certainly much academic merit in this work…' - Martin Ellerby
'Bravo! Superb writing for wind band' - Tim Syrell