20 June 2018
Major Patrick Dunn MBE, RM

I learn with great sadness that Paddy has died. After his father’s passing Paddy stayed close to the RM Band Service and was instrumental in setting up and leading the hugely successful RMA Concert Band at Eastney through its formative years. This he did with distinction while also making available musical scores and recordings from his father’s success with EMI. In conjunction with this he ran his own CD & DVD marketing business from his home in London utilising precious historic EMI material from its archive of his father’s recordings. He was a respected Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, of which his father had been Worshipful Master in the 1980s, and had served as one of the Company’s Court of Assistants, a role that could perhaps have led to him eventually becoming Master himself. Paddy was also a Freeman of the City of London. After leaving the Corps he took an active interest in the RMA holding a responsible position in its management structure over many years. It has been a great shock for me to learn of his passing for I was totally unaware of any health problems that may have hastened his death. The Corps has lost one of its very best and a final link with the Dunn family. It should not be forgotten that the family produced distinguished Army Directors of Music as well as our own Sir Vivian. Paddy, who as a youngster grew up in North barracks ‘G’ house while his father was serving as the first Principal Director of Music RM in the 1950s, nurtured a lifelong regard for the Corps’ Musicians. He even took lessons with the cornet professor before the decision was made that he should join the Corps as a young GD officer. He served with distinction until retirement with the rank of Major. His subsequent award of an MBE indicates the respect of his contemporaries for his overall and genuine ability to lead from the front. In his lifetime Paddy was rightly proud of his father’s illustrious achievements however I am sure that, like father like son, he now also deserves acclaim for taking the family name forward. We in the RM Band Service have benefited hugely from his long association with us and it is my privilege to say so. Graham Hoskins

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