41st Fighter Squadron
"The Flying Buzzsaws"
Composer - Graham Brown
Graham Brown was born in 1969 in a Glasgow suburb and
shared the same music teacher as Sheena Easton. Coming from a
musical family, his talent was encouraged from an early age and
through the years he has become proficient on trumpet, cornet
and voice and has self taught himself piano and bass guitar.
He served for 6 years as a professional musician in the UK Armed
Forces in the Regimental Band of 1 RHF (The Royal Highland Fusiliers)
from 1987-1993, taking in the famous Royal Military School of
Music, Kneller Hall, on a one year pupil's course. Passing the
course with distinction and merited with 6 certificates, he returned
to his band to arrange and compose.
Shortly after returning from Kneller Hall, the Gulf War flared
up and music was put on hold for a few months while he was sent
on First Aid and NBC courses. He took post in the Gulf in January
1991 and served with American and British soldiers at 22 Field
Hospital. So strong were his feelings about the nature of the
war and how it had affected himself and his friends, that he wrote
an 80 minute long concept album entitled "Time" and
here the composer was freed.
Following the completion of his 6 year contract, he left the Forces
to pursue a career in music. He played in numerous showbands and
toured many times to locations like Cyprus, Kenya, New York and
LA. He joined "The Other Commitments" as a trumpet player
and singer, where he remained for 5 years. He has recently left
the band to complete a MA in Composition for Film and TV at Kingston
University in London.
He was excited to be offered the opportunity to write the score
for the "41st Fighter Squadron" Video. He said, "Through
my own experiences of War, albeit on a minuscule level compared
to these heroes, I could really understand what these veterans
were saying. It was absolutely fascinating to listen to them reminisce
and I have the greatest of respect for all of them. One gentleman
said that he wouldn't endure the war again for $2bn and I echoe
those sentiments exactly. I am very glad I went to the Gulf as
it was a life changing and development experience and I owe it
to the Gulf to have brought out the composer in me, but never