Russell Gray was born near Glasgow, Scotland in 1968. He began his musical education in 1977 on the trumpet and within three years had won several major junior solo competitions. This included both Scottish and British under 17 solo Championships. At the age of 12, he was appointed Principal Comet of the Clydebank Burgh Band. At the age of 17, he moved to England to further his studies at Huddersfield University. During this time Russell played with the Black Dyke Mills Band.
From 1998 through to February 2001,
Russell was worked and lived in Norway. He was the Musical director of
the Stavanger Brass Band, and the Sola Brass Band.
In September of 2001 Russell was
appointed Cornet tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music. Earlier
this year he became the Musical Director of the Fodens band, leading
them to 1st place in his first contest appearance.