Mro. Josef J. Grech
Mro. Josef J. Grech A.T.C.L., L.T.C.L., Dip.A.B.R.S.M., L.R.S.M was born on 31st December 1985. Son of Catherine nee' Falzon and John Grech. He was baptized at the St. Catherine Parish Church of Żurrieq on 9th February 1986 by Reverend Joseph Portelli and given the names of Jonathan and Josef.
It was at the Soċjeta Mużikali Santa Katarina of Żurrieq where Mro. Grech was given his first lessons in music under the instruction of former bandmaster Mro. Francis Falzon. On 25th August 1995 he started playing the clarinet with the St. Catherine Band and later he continued to further his studies in music theory under the instruction of Mro. Raymond Sciberras and music performance under the instruction of Mro. Chris Camilleri.
In 2009 he obtained the Associate diploma in music performance from London’s Trinity College and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. In 2011 he obtained the Licentiate diploma in music performance from London’s Trinity College and in 2012 the Licentiate diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He also attended music direction lessons under the instruction of Mro. Joseph Sammut.
Mro. Josef J. Grech is one of the most renowned clarinet players in Malta and he is often invited to perform with other Maltese band clubs and orchestras. From 2007 he started giving music lessons at the St. Catherine Band Club’s music academy at the absence of the former bandmaster Mro. Francis Falzon.
In 2008 he was appointed Assistant bandmaster with the same band and from 2012 till the present day he occupies the post of priniple bandmaster. In 2012 he was also appointed assistant band master with the Għaqda Mużikali Santa Marija of Qrendi. Mro. Grech is also a composer of several band marches, hymns, fantasias for band and overtures. He also makes several music arrangements and transcriptions which are played every year during his band’s performances.