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Director of Music, The Band of the RAF Regiment

Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda BMus (Hons) LRAM LRSM RAF

Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda

Flight Lieutenant Tom Rodda joined the Royal Air Force after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2003. Following basic training at RAF Halton he was posted to the Central Band of the RAF based at RAF Uxbridge. Awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Felix Cassell Silver Medal for Best Recruit, he also won the Royal Air Force Music Services (RAFMS) Yamaha Soloist’s Competition in 2004, performing “Gershwin!”. This solo was featured on the 2004 RAF in Concert Tour.

He was appointed Co-Principal Clarinet of the Central Band in 2006 and promoted to corporal in 2007. He was appointed Principal Clarinet of the Central Band in 2009 and in 2011 won the Yamaha Soloist’s Competition for the second time. In 2012, after being awarded the RAF Association Wings Appeal Trophy for the best arrangement completed under training, he volunteered for a 6 month operational deployment to the Falklands where he served within the Joint Service Police and Security Unit as a Shift Commander and RAF Police Patrol Dog Handler.

Returning in 2013 to the role of Chief Librarian RAFMS, he was promoted to sergeant and was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Felix Cassell Silver Medal for Best Student Bandmaster, and the Studio Music Award prize for best composition written under training. In 2015 he was posted to the Band of the RAF Regiment as Principal Clarinet and was promoted to chief technician later that year.

Selected for commissioning as a Director of Music Flight Lieutenant Rodda graduated from Initial Officer Training with Distinction in 2016. During IOT he was appointed Senior Under Officer of the RAF College. Following completion of IOT he was posted to Headquarters Music Services during which time he worked with all the RAFMS bands, including a collaborative project in Bosnia and Herzegovina with musicians from the Band of the RAF Regiment. He took up post as Director of Music of the Band of the RAF Regiment in 2017.

A keen cyclist, he has represented the RAF in cycling events throughout the UK and Europe. After a mountain biking accident in 2013 left him requiring major reconstructive dental surgery, he focused on the less dangerous activity of mountaineering, and qualified as a mountaineering leader later that year. Since 2013 he has commanded and lead a number of mountaineering expeditions involving over 60 personnel from RAFMS and the Queens Colour Squadron.

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