Jim beats the drum for RAF concert tour
PUBLISHED: 15:02 25 November 2014 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 November 2014
A percussion player from Suffolk is aiming to drum up interest for the annual autumn concert tour by the Bands of the RAF as the nationwide tour calls in on Saturday, December 6 at Ipswich Regent.
Sgt Jim Moss, 42, was born in Leiston and spent his first 16 years there before joining the Army. He says: Jim, who’s married to Louise and has two boys, Oliver, 5, and Samuel, three months, began his musical career in Leiston, encouraged particularly by his father.
“My Dad was very musical. He was a brass player and performed in brass bands and dance bands around the area,” he says. “I started having percussion lessons when I was about 12, and my teacher was the drummer with the Leiston British Legion Band.
“I then had lessons in Ipswich with Gerry Gillings and started playing with a brass band in Woodbridge, just outside Ipswich.”
After leaving school, Jim joined the Army as a musician and spent 13 years in the Service before transferring to RAF Music Services in 2001.
“I served with the Central Band for 10 years, then was posted to the Band of the RAF Regiment. The highlights of my musical career to date are the foreign tours I have been lucky enough to participate in, including a three-month tour of the USA, a six-week tour of Hong Kong and two visits to Moscow.
“I performed as a soloist on the 2008 concert tour, and this year is my 12th concert series. This year’s performances mark the 50th display season of the RAF’s aerobatic display team, the Red Arrows, and it’s a great opportunity for the bands to perform at all the major concert halls throughout the UK in front of enthusiastic audiences.”
The concert tour takes in 15 venues nationwide and is staged by the RAF’s top musicians. It raises money for the RAF Charitable Trust, which in turn supports the RAF family. The Ipswich event features the Central Band of the RAF, plus soloist Cpl Matthew Walker, and the compere will be BBC broadcaster Lynn Bowles. The performance starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available at £17, £20 and £23 by calling 01494 512 000 or visiting www.rafinconcert.com