Band Master, HM Royal Marines Band Plymouth
WO2 Bdmr Ann Miller RM joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1997 following a strong interest in music and military Bands from a young age. With Flute and Saxophone as her instrumental category, during her training at the Royal Marines School of Music she won the Cassel Prize Silver Medal on flute and joined RM Band Portsmouth for her first draft in September 2000. A hugely enjoyable start to her career, Ann particularly enjoyed travelling and performing in different countries including Malta, Gibraltar, America, Australia, Iceland and Italy. In 2003 she was deployed with the Band onboard RFA Argus during OP TELIC where working with the medical staff within the hospital was a fulfilling and positive experience she will never forget. Ann has always relished the opportunity to play her flute and one of the main highlights of her career came in 2007 when she performed a solo at the Mountbatten Festival of Music.
Following a year as the flute and saxophone Instructor at the Royal Marines School of Music, Ann undertook further musical and military training then embarked on her Bandmasters Course in 2009. Taking on the role of HMS Neptune Volunteer Band Instructor succeeding the BM’s meant a move to Scotland where after a year she then moved across the country to RM Band Scotland. High points during her time here included performing in the Ceilidh Band for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and traveling once again, to America. Ann then went on to serve in RM Band Collingwood, was the Academic Instructor in the Higher Training Department at the RMSoM and a member of RM Band Service Headquarters before joining RM Band Portsmouth, in her first post as Bandmaster, in Summer 2018. In May 2019, she and her family moved to Torpoint where she assumed the position of Bandmaster of the RM Band Plymouth at HMS Raleigh. Having the opportunity to conduct, and work alongside the band is a real privilege for Ann and one she hugely enjoys. Married to Fred, a former RMBS flautist and tremendously supportive husband, and with two young daughters, she thoroughly enjoys exploring the West Country with her family.