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 Arranging.

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 family.

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'.