David Hammond, a former OU music research student, has published a book based upon his PhD: British Army Music in the Interwar Years: Culture, Performance, and Influence. It tells the story of the 7,000 full-time bandsmen serving in the British army in the interwar years – what it was like to be an army musician, their influence on the music industry, and how, through soft power, they made a significant contribution to the maintenance of British imperial authority. British Army Music in the Interwar Years is selling well and already receiving favourable reviews:
‘Major David B Hammond’s newly released book shines a brilliant light on another pivotal source of the development of musical talent in Britain – the Army, more specifically, Army Bands … The book reads particularly fluently and there are many fascinating illustrations. Enjoy it while finding out about the institutions which have gifted so much to the world of music in Britain, in the past and still today.’ (The British Music Society)
‘This scrupulously researched and very readable volume is sure to be invaluable … The result is fascinating.’ (The Light Music Society)
British Army Music in the Interwar Years was due to have been launched at the National Army Museum in April but was postponed until later in the year (date tbc) due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
David first started studying with The Open University Business School in 2006 when he was a full-time Director of Music in the British army, taking exams in the Falkland Islands and studying in other far-flung places. After completing an MBA he became a music research student and was awarded his PhD in 2018.