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Major David Barringer joined the Army in September 1989 and, after basic training, studied at the Army Junior School of Music, Pirbright.  He was then a ‘pupil’ at Kneller Hall, Twickenham between January 1991 and December 1992.  He joined the Coldstream Guards Band in January 1993, touring all over the world including a three month coast to coast tour of the United States and Canada.  From an early age he developed an interest in brass band conducting and spent two years as Resident Conductor of the Flowers Brass Band.  After winning the London heat of the 1998 Young Conductor of the Year Competition, he went on to be runner up at the National Final; in the year 2000 he represented Great Britain at the inaugural European Conductor of the Year Competition.


David was selected for the Student Bandmaster course in the summer of 2000 and, on promotion to Warrant Officer Class One in July 2003, was assigned as Bandmaster to the Band of the Light Division.  In June 2005 he moved to the AGC Band until January 2007 when he was posted to HQ DCAMUS, and commissioned in post in April 2008.


Major Barringer was appointed as Director of Music, Royal Signals in January 2009 where he served until February 2012, returning then to HQ on promotion to Major.  His tour as SO2 Plans saw him as lead desk officer in the design and implementation of FAM 2020.  He attended the 9 month Intermediate Command and Staff Course at the Defence Academy in September 2014 and was subsequently a Review Team leader on the CGS Army Inspectorate at Army HQ.  He was appointed Director of Music Royal Regiment of Scotland in Feb 2017.  

David is a devoted family man; he is married to Emma and has two children, William and Evie.  He was awarded the MBE in this year’s New Years Honours list for his work whilst with the Army Inspectorate.

Major David Barringer MBE is hugely honoured to be leading the Welsh Guards Band and excited to be returning to Wellington Barracks after an 18 year absence. 



Director of Music

Major David Barringer MBE CAMUS