Keith Terrett

Keith Terret
(1956– )

Keith joined the British Army at the age of 15, studying Bb Cornet at the Army band school in Bovington.

At 18, he became the principle Cornet/Trumpet to the Band of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars' (a cavalry regiment), stationed in former West Germany. He has toured the USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland during his service.

During his time a Kneller Hall, Keith had the opportunity to study orchestration with Trevor Sharpe, and harmony and composition with Professor Gordon Reynolds. At Kneller Hall, Keith won the student march competition with his march class of '88.

Keith started arranging and composing while in the army. While also working with children in schools, Keith has developed flexible orchestrations to suit each group he has led.

While living in Papua New Guinea, Keith worked as a Lecturer in Music at the University of Papau New Guinea (1994-99), and Principle Director of Music and Chief Instructor to the world-famous Band of the Royal Papau New Guinea Constabulary. Keith also collected folk songs from remote villages and arranged them for band. While working in PNG, Keith drew inspiration and collaborated with Buruka Tau Matego and Ben Hakalitz, the keyboardist and drummer with Yothu Yindi.

Keith's interest in ethnomusicology took him to Kuwait City, giving him a chance to study Arabic music and culture closely.

From 2001-2006, Keith worked in Norway, where he was the town band music director. His first piece of original music, entitled "The Gypsy Violinist in New Orleans," was published in Norway by the Oslo classical music publisher Musikk-Huset. Keith also had the honor to conduct the King's Guard Band in Oslo.

Keith's music is published in Austria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, the USA and Norway, and includes music for all types of ensembles.

Keith has studied with, and gained musical qualifications from, the Royal Military School of Music (Kneller Hall), Open University, Trinity College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, and the Bandsman's College of Music in Manchester.

Keith is currently a teacher of brass instuments in Guernsey (Channel Islands), and also directs the Brass Ensemble and various bands on the island.