Dot Poole has her parents to thank for her musical abilities. Her father was a Salvation Army bandleader and her mother was the Singing Company (junior choir) leader. She was sent to piano lessons and learned to read music from the age of 5 and also took up violin and recorder at primary school. At the age of 7 her father brought home a cornet and it soon became clear that this would be her main instrument.
She went on to take grades in piano (4), trumpet (8) and theory of music (8) and she also undertook the Salvation Army Bandmasters training course. She spent a year at the Welsh College of Music and Drama before training as a Salvation Army officer. Dot worked for the Salvation Army for 15 years, during which time she taught children to play brass instruments, conducted band s and choirs and wrote and produced several musicals.
Since then Dot has completed an honours degree in education and trained as a primary school teacher. She has worked at Yeovil Music Centre conducting both the pop and gospel choir and the adult choir, and for Somerset Music Services teaching primary school children guitar, recorder, ukulele and brass as well as curriculum music.
Dot’s association with Wells City Band began in 1996 when she and her two sons were made very welcome as new members. Dot was appointed Musical Director of the band in January 2014.
Now Dot shares the conducting of the main band with Assistant MD John Turner, allowing the band to benefit from both of their conducting and playing talents.