BEAT GOES ON FOR CON­DUC­TOR

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Su­sanne Reilly

FOR Brian Un­der­wood, mu­sic is in his blood.

The Sal­ter Point res­i­dent was about seven years old when he first picked up a brass in­stru­ment and now, nearly 70 years on, he has never looked back.

Af­ter mi­grat­ing to Aus­tralia and trav­el­ling back to the UK to play in var­i­ous bands, one of his most mem­o­rable mo­ments came af­ter he joined the Aus­tralian Army.

In 1977, he was a vo­cal­ist at the Queen’s Sil­ver Ju­bilee in 1977 where he used a mi­cro­phone be­long­ing to Mick Jag­ger.

For sev­eral years, Mr Un­der­wood moved around Aus­tralia hold­ing dif­fer­ent ranks with the army be­fore ris­ing to cap­tain and be­ing posted as mu­sic direc­tor and Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing 5MD Band be­fore re­tir­ing in 1990.

In 1986, while in Perth, Mr Un­der­wood be­came the con­duc­tor of the City of Perth Band, where he stayed un­til he re­tired ear­lier this month.

“I just re­ally en­joyed work­ing with the mu­si­cians who all be­came my friends over the years,” he said “We always had a great time to­gether.

“When I looked around the other day, there were only two mem­bers left who had been there from when I started.”

For his years of ded­i­cated ser­vice to the City of Perth Band, Mr Un­der­wood was made an hon­orary ci­ti­zen of the City of Perth.

While his time as a con­duc­tor has ended, Mr Un­der­wood still keeps his love of mu­sic alive.

He plays in the Sil­ver Threads Band and the Sal­va­tion Army Band and teaches at Wes­ley Col­lege one day a week.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Con­duc­tor Brian Un­der­wood at his home in Sal­ter Point.

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