Musical Director - Keith Maxwell BMus (Hons) ACII ACIM
Keith started playing the Euphonium at the age of 8 but by the age of 16 realised he wanted to study music at University and felt that a move to Trombone would be more beneficial. Within just 12 months he learnt to play the Trombone and successfully passed his Grade 8 with distinction. Keith's passion for Brass Bands started when he was a member of the 1st Old Boys Band, Northern Ireland's most successful brass band.
In 1990 Keith graduated from the Queen's University of Belfast with an honours degree in Music and during his time as an undergraduate he regularly conducted the University Orchestra. He studied Trombone with Andy Berryman (the then Principle Trombone of the Halle Orchestra) and the late Adrian Morris (Bass Trombone of the Halle Orchestra).
Upon graduation he relocated from Belfast to the South East of England and for many years was solo Trombone with the Friary Band and Aveley & Newham Band, winning many soloist prizes during his time with the Friary Band. Keith's playing experience has been wide and varied having regularly competed at the National Finals (Royal Albert Hall), All England Masters and British Open Spring Festival but also appearing in the first ever stage production of Brassed Off at the South Bank in London and performing in the royal grandeur of St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle.
After leaving the Aveley & Newham band Keith returned to the Friary band as Musical Director, successfully rebuilt the band and led them back into the Championship section. In addition to a long list of contest victories and qualification to the National Finals he successfully helped the Friary Band achieve the Southern Counties Brass Band Association's band of the year, and recorded two CDs with the band. He has also had a conducting association with the Horsham Borough Band and the Medway Band.
Keith relocated from the South East to Cornwall in 2019 after a successful 30 year career within the Insurance Industry, and was appointed as the Musical Director of Roche Brass in May 2022.