Major Jason Griffiths BA(Mus) LRSM CAMUS
Vice-President and Honorary Musical Director
Major Jason Griffiths was born in Wolverhampton in March 1968 and started playing Trombone at the age of 11. He enlisted into the Army at The Junior Leaders Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps in Bovington, Dorset in September 1984. After two years training he was posted to the Band of The Queen’s Own Hussars, who at the time were stationed in Hohne, North Germany. During that period he travelled extensively across Europe, which included a six-month United Nations tour in Cyprus where he was awarded the United Nations Peacekeeping Medal for service in Nicosia.
In January 1994 Major Griffiths was selected to attend the three-year Bandmaster Course at The Royal Military School of Music (RMSM), Kneller Hall in Twickenham. During that period he was a member of the ‘Golden Eight’ Fanfare Team and played at various State occasions and public events including three Royal Variety Galas. On completion of the course he was on of the first Bandmasters to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music, validated by Kingston University, and he also passed the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Licentiate examination, LRSM.
Major Griffiths’ first appointment as Bandmaster was to The Band of The Parachute Regiment in 1997, station in Aldershot, Hampshire. He served for almost hour years at the ‘PARAS’ before selection for a posting to The Household Cavalry. Following successful completion of the Household Cavalry Equitation Course, Major Griffiths was appointed Bandmaster to The Band of The Blues & Royals (RHG/D) in March 2001 based in Windsor. Whilst in this appointment, he headed a five-week Short Term Training Team at the Pakistani School of Music, Abbottabad in April 2002.
In March 2003, Major Griffiths returned to RMSM and assumed the appointment of Training Design Warrant Officer where he assisted in the design of all courses for the Corps of Army Music (CAMUS). In May 2004, Major Griffiths was selected to spend a week in Amman, Jordan to undertake a scoping study of the Jordanian Defence Force Bands.
In January 2005, he was commissioned and appointed Director of Music of The King’s Division Waterloo Band in Catterick, North Yorkshire. As a result of the MOD study Future Army Structures, Major Griffiths remained in Catterick and was appointed Director of Music to one of the newly formed Royal Armoured Corps bands, The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band in June 2006. Following three years in Catterick, Major Griffiths was appointed Deputy Chief Instructor, again at RMSM and at the end of that year moved to CAMUS HQ and was appointed the desk Officer responsible for Career Management and Recruiting for CAMUS in the rand of Acting Major. In March 2010, Major Griffiths was selected for a four-month exchange appointment to the New Zealand Army Band and upon his return, assumed the appointment of assistant to the Principal Director of Music, Army.
Major Griffiths returned to The Band of The Blues and Royals (RHG/D) in January 2011 as their Director of Music. The appointment was originally in the rank of Captain and he was promoted to substantive Major in July 2013. Following three years in the Household Cavalry, Major Griffiths has recently been appointed Desk Officer at the Army Personnel Centre, Glasgow where he is responsible for Career Management for all Army Musicians.