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Don Bateman

Don Bateman started playing cornet at the age of 12 and enjoyed music making with a Brass band, Dance Bands and the Middlesex Youth Orchestra.

Three years at the Royal College of Music (ARCM teaching diploma) were followed by freelance engagements. Later a Certificate of Education, at what is now part of Middlesex University, led to brass teaching along with work in a variety of settings, including the Festival Ballet, West End shows and a stint on first trumpet with the Hallé.

Five years as Principal trumpet with the BBC Scottish Radio Orchestra (where Don`s versatility was put to good use) also involved the study of orchestration with several compositions and arrangements written for the SRO.

A 12 year period as Trumpet specialist at the City of Leeds College of Music saw the completion of a Bachelor of Music (honours) degree and publication, by Music Sales, of The Complete Trumpet Player, along with much professional playing work.

Upon moving back to the South of England for family reasons, Don taught in the state and private sectors whilst exercising his eclectic taste in music with orchestral and small group jazz gigs. When the opportunity presented itself he produced a number of recorder pieces for the Dolce label; some were included in the Trinity/Guildhall and Associated Board exam lists. Don now spends more time on composition and is expanding his musical horizons.