Carmelo Galea was born in Malta in 1949, and started studying music at age 11 or 12 with his father, who taught him the Clarinet. He then took Theory of Music, studying privately, also in Malta, at De La Salle College, with Carlo Zammit and Carmelo Pace, and got his 2nd diploma, L.Mus.L.C.M. in 1977. He was also Bandmaster for 10 years (1971-81) of the village band (St Peter) where Carmelo lived. Up to this time he had written several festive marches and a couple of orchestral pieces, all performed publicly. He also served in a Territorial Army Band from 1967 to 1970 (King’s Own Malta Regiment).
His appointment, in 1972, as Bandmaster of the National Youth Band of Malta was short lived, as he had to resign owing to other pressing duties.
He migrated to Australia with his young family in 1981, and was Bandmaster of two Maltese bands in Victoria. He taught music part-time, including a 12 year period from 1992 to 2004, teaching Theory of Music – he was a Fully Accredited Member of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association.
His next composition came 30 years after his last one in Malta in 1979 - his ‘Roman March’ in 2009, which he revised in 2011.
He currently plays the Clarinet with a community band in Victoria, and had previously played in other community bands in Victoria as well.
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