robt7Musical Director: Robert Baxter

Robert Baxter has conducted the band since 2000. He began his musical career playing trumpet in local bands including DCB and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, and graduated from the RSAMD (as was) in 1988.

Robert is a trumpet graduate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He has, and continues to perform with all the professional orchestras in Scotland, particularly the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ballet Orchestra. Robert has toured, recorded and performed at all the major concert halls and festivals throughout the UK such as the BBC Proms and the Edinburgh International Festival. He has also worked with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony, Tenerife Symphony, Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Manchester Camerata, New London Consort, Flanders Symphony.

He studied Conducting with Ilan Volkov and Kristian Kluttig and has conducted the Lithuanian State Symphony, RSNO and numerous productions with Scottish Ballet at theatres throughout the UK. This includes Prokofiev’s Cinderella and the company’s new production of Dextera (Mozart) and Snow Queen ( Rimsky Korsakov).  He has been Musical Director for Colours Classical and for the band, Belle and Sebastian in the SSE Hydro in Glasgow and for Goodgreef Classical. His debut at Celtic Connections was to conduct a BBC TV broadcast from the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow with the Irish folk group The Chieftains and Kris Kristofferson.

He has been passionately involved with youth and community conducting for over 20 years and is currently the Musical Director for the Glasgow Chamber Orchestra, Dunblane Chamber Orchestra, Helensburgh Orchestral Society and the Dunbartonshire Concert Band. With the latter, he has commissioned and premiered new works, recording CDs, toured, won top awards at competition and conducted around 150 concerts. He has also been guest conductor for the Glasgow Orchestral Society and for Amicus.  Robert has been course director for the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland Spring Academy and he continues to teach trumpet and take performance classes at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Department.

He has adjudicated many competitions including the Scottish Concert Band Festival alongside composers, Philip Sparke and Peter Graham.

Robert is founder and artistic director of DCB Kessington, and was winner of the Making Music Best Music Director 2021.

michelle-mccabeAssociate Conductor:  Michelle McCabe

Michelle McCabe studied at the RCS, graduating with BA(Hons)and a PG(Orchestral Performance) then went on to study Chamber Music at the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada with her award winning Quartet, Just Flutes. Since 2004 Michelle has played Sub-Principal Flute with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra, as well as working with other professional orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the RSNO, Scottish Opera, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Auricle Ensemble and the Scottish Flute Trio. Michelle coaches the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland and West of Scotland Independent Schools Orchestra. She was appointed DCB Associate Conductor in 2015.

Honorary President: Glyn Bragg

Glyn Bragg, one of the founding fathers of DCB, was appointed our first Honorary President in 2016 in recognition of his long-term commitment and ongoing support of the band. Glyn has had a distinguished musical career as a professional player, composer, arranger, conductor and BBC producer.

The Committee (as of October 2019)
Harriet Fishley (chair)
Cameron McCulloch (vice chair)
Fiona Ross (treasurer)
Susan Macfarlane (secretary)
Heather Brown
Neil Harper (Making Music rep)
Alison McCree
Fiona McLean (joint librarian)
Ruth Sinclair
Robert Baxter (MD ex officio)

The Band


Piccolo/Flute: Karen Clayton
Flute: David Brown, Angela Caldwell, Carrie Dixon, Anne Dunbar, Ann Fairfull, Joan Gemmell, Margaret Isaacs, Louise Muir
Oboe: Ruth Hart, Alison McCree
Oboe/Cor Anglais: Alan Cooper
E Flat Clarinet: Laura Hunter
Clarinet: Moyra Hawthorn, Susan Macfarlane, Fiona McLean, Monika Mihm Carmichael, Emma Mitchell, Michele Muir, Sula O’Duffy, Ruth Sinclair, Fraser Thomson, Jan Wallace
Alto Clarinet: David Broad
Bass Clarinet: Cameron McCulloch
Bassoon: John Carswell, Harriet Fishley, Lorraine Sherry, Jonathan Smithers
Soprano/Alto Saxophone: Jacqui McMahon
Alto Saxophone: Adam Jacobs, Sharon MacDonald, Kerry Shaw
Tenor Saxophone: Alison Beattie, Jane Ireland
Baritone Saxophone: Bob Kennedy
Horn: Anna Baker, Neil Harper, Steven Millar, Fiona Ross, Colin Suckling
Trumpet/Cornet: Rowan Glegg, George Gourlay, Claire Hendry, Orlaith Macqueen, Andrew McCafferty, Nicola McConnell, Megan Monkhouse, Charlotte Neilson, Emma Wylie
Trombone: Anneli Demberg, Hazel Ferguson, Mia Glegg, Margaret Kidd, Andrew MacDonald, Aaron Weidmann
Euphonium: Sam Haouchine
Tuba:  Adam Wilson
Bass Guitar: Julian Fosh
Percussion: Heather Brown, Alan Hunter, David MacDonald, Scott Vassie

Honorary Life Members: Arthur Main, David Welsh

Meet the Band – a growing collection of informal member profiles


Design: Kerry Shaw
Website photos: Rob Cunningham, Elaine Ellen, Michael Andrew & band members
Technical wizardry: Alan Cooper, Ben Cooper

Making Music Rep: Neil Harper
DCB Trustees: Jill Bolling, Alan Cooper, Moyra Hawthorn, Jonathan Smithers, Colin Suckling,

Band photo, Cairns Church, August 2018