Creetown born top trumpeter Professor John Gracie was recently awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow in recognition of his 45 years service to music.
Professional trumpet player John started off on the coronet at the age of nine with Creetown Silver Band, where his father was a member. Gradually, through dedication and practice, John worked his way up to become solo cornet before going on to study music at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) and at the Guildhall School of Music.
John was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland from 1960 to 1966. He was principal trumpeter with the Ulster Orchestra and the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra before taking up his present position as Principal Trumpeter with The Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
John is regularly invited to play as guest principal trumpeter with all the major orchestras and played the fanfares at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 1999.