Premier Musical Services, was conceived and is run on a daily
basis by Dave Clackett. If you have arrived here from the services page you
will have already seen the many varied services we offer. In case you feel
these are rather diverse we feel quick overview of Dave's career in the music
business will help.
Dave joined the Royal Marines Band Service in 1971 as
an instrumentalist (Flute and Tenor Sax). During his near three year training
Dave studied his instruments to a very high performance standard (as expected
from all RM musicians) as well as intensive training in music Theory, Aural and
In 1974, he transferred to the officer training
college at Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, Devon. There he began
arranging a variety of pieces for Military (Wind) Band, Orchestra and Dance
band and explored composition, starting with small ensemble pieces and
eventually culminating with a sixty piece orchestral suite inspired by the
author Dennis Wheatley.
In the early 80's and
another move, this time to Portsmouth where one of his many ceremonial duties
was as principle flute on HMY Britannia entertaining members of the royal
In the late 80's Dave left the RM band service and
continued his career as a professional musician and teacher. Initially as a
Peripatetic teacher for Hampshire then, as either player and/or Band Leader, on
Cruise ships (QEII, Black Prince, Oriana) and subsequently as Musical Director
for a number of touring shows and Pantomimes.
In the early 90's Dave
started work with Dave Tanner at London Orchestrations producing
arrangements for working bands throughout the UK from record 'take-downs'. It
was also during this time that Dave got his first computer ( Atari ST) and
sequencing software (Steinberg - Pro 24) which introduced him to the
versatility of Music technology.
In the late 90's, he formed
Hands On MIDI Software producing high quality MIDI files for working
musicians and hobbyists. Hands On MIDI soon became the industry leader and
during this time the company was asked to work with industry leaders such as
Microsoft, Disney, Nokia as well as major instrument manufacturers; Roland,
Casio and Yamaha and were called upon as consultants to MCPS, EMI Music
Publishing and Keyboard Magazine.
During this time Dave set himself the challenge of writing a book
'The Handbook of MIDI Sequencing' which was the first book of its kind to
explain in basic terms, the art and skills of MIDI programming.
Over the years, Dave has worked in Radio, TV and Film so as you can
now see, he has had quite a varied career and has experience and skills to a
professional level in a variety of musical fields. He really has 'been there...
and done that'.