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Bandmaster Graham Roper

Graham learnt to play the cornet at the Paignton Corps in Devon, UK.  At 14 he joined the senior band at Torquay to join his father and brother.  He moved to Southampton and studied at the university there where he gained an honours degree in Mathematics.

Following the completion of studies his career kicked off at Bourneville, Birmingham where he joined Cadbury and played solo cornet with the Birmingham Citadel Band.

In 1969 Graham emigrated to Australia and settled in Tasmania to join several branches of the Roper family.  The following year he was appointed bandmaster of the Launceston Band a position he held for more than 20 years in 2 terms.  In the break between terms he was introduced to the flugelhorn and played it with the Camberwell Band in the mid 70’s.

In 1996 Graham moved to Melbourne which is now home and joined the Box Hill Corps.  He has held there the positions of deputy songster leader and deputy bandmaster and is currently the songster leader and plays the flugelhorn in the Box Hill Band.  Graham and his wife, Jean, are thankful to God for His many blessings including the joy of seeing their children and grandchildren also worshipping in the Salvation Army.

Graham took up his current role as bandmaster of the Melbourne Red Shield Band in January 2019 having previously played flugelhorn in the band.


Other members of the executive are:

  • Colonel Graeme Rigley (Executive Officer)
  • Major Graham Maxfield (Secretary)
  • Major Kevin Grigsbey (Sergeant)
  • Peter Griffiths (Treasurer)
  • Colin Creek (Librarian)
  • Ray Watson (Quartermaster)
  • Ken Lomer (Members Representative)
  • Major Margaret Maxfield (Multimedia Support)