Trevor J Attwood 1950-2017
MBE LRAM ARCM RM
Trevor John Attwood was born on Saturday 11 March 1950 in Bradford West Yorkshire. Upon joining the Grammar school he joined the Bradford Boys Brass Band and then the Carlton Schools Band. It soon became clear that he had a natural musical talent with his progress into the Bradford Schools Band, the Yorkshire Schools Band and ultimately the National Youth Brass Band.
The director of the Bradford Boys Brass Band recommended that Trevor apply to join the Royal Marines Band Service as a musician. His band mate and school friend Bill Robinson, who had already joined at Deal a few months earlier reported back to him that you could actually get paid for playing your cornet every day!
Trevor thought that joining the Royal Marines sounded like a marvellous idea, so at the tender age of fourteen he boarded the train on 27th April 1965 at Bradford with his suitcase in one hand and his cornet in the other and ventured south from Yorkshire to the Royal Marines School of Music to begin a long career with the Royal Marines as a cornet & violin player.
completing his training, Musician Attwood was drafted to Plymouth. While
stationed there, the band conducted a recruiting tour of schools in
the Midlands, which included performing a concert at a school in Sutton
Coldfield. One of the female students got chatting with one of the Royal
Marines Musicians.. Taff Pearce. A conversation took place along the
lines of, “My friend likes your friend”. The two friends
being spoken about were Alyson & Trevor and as a result.. they became
In 1975, Trevor was drafted back to Deal, a move which at the time neither of them were too pleased about. He even promised Alyson “We won’t have to be here that long.. eighteen months at the most”. Over the following forty plus years, not only did they firmly settle in Deal, but so did most of his family, with his mother and step-father, Alice and Geoffrey, his brother Malcolm, and his sister Val, all moving to Deal from the north in the years that followed.
1976 Band Corporal Attwood was awarded the coveted Silver Medal of the
Worshipful Company of Musicians.
life blossomed in 1980 with the birth of their daughter Catherine.
was promoted to WO2 on 1st March 1982 and subsequently appointed as
the Bandmaster of Royal Marines Band Flag Officer Third Flotilla, replacing
WO2 Gerry Long.
the Band’s Stirling efforts in Falklands, normal service resumed
in October 1982 with a trip around the Mediterranean onboard HMS Fearless.
annual march competition was won by Trevor for his composition of QUARNS
March, it was dedicated to the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing
Service and performed for the first time at the Mountbatten Concert
many years Trevor turned out for the annual All Stars Band Concert at
the Winter Gardens in Margate until the final gig in 2017.
Trevor was a passionate musician throughout his life, he was a life-long fan of Beethoven, but in more recent years he developed a more contemporary musical taste, enjoying the music of modern talent such as Amy Winehouse, Adele and even Kylie Minogue.. although it probably wasn’t only Kylie’s musical talent that he so admired! One band always featured in his record collection was Abba whose music he really enjoyed, he said, “Because it makes me feel happy”.
Trevors approach to life was to always give everything... at the age of 52 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies and Social Science from Canterbury Christ Church University. Every role that he held throughout his life, both his professional roles and his personal roles he fulfilled to the absolute best of his ability.
Trevor passed away suddenly on 13th November 2017 as a result of a heart
attack at his home in Walmer aged 67.
He was a gentleman, he was a great friend, a great neighbour, a great musician, and a great man. One of the nicest men you could wish to meet, small in stature, huge in heart, and many people looked up to him.