Steve Kent – Musical director (2016–)
Steve was born in Farnborough, Hampshire and after initially studying piano, took up the violin whilst at primary school and then the clarinet at the age of 14. On leaving school, he was successful in gaining entry to the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal as a violinist and clarinet player and sang in the local Handelian Choral Society during his time there. He went on to serve in various Royal Marines Bands including a sea-going band where he saw service on the hospital ship SS Uganda during the Falklands War.
On leaving the RM Band Service after 14 years, Steve became a police officer in Gwent. Whilst in Newport, he was appointed leader of the Newport Concert Orchestra, of which he later became chairman and conductor, and also as conductor of Cwmbran Brass. Steve moved to Bletchley in 2014 and currently plays solo clarinet with the South Beds Concert Band. He has guest conducted with this band and also the Leighton-Linslade Concert Band. He was appointed Musical Director of the Luton Concert Orchestra in April 2016.