Philip Turbett, a past member of St Eugene’s, became the band’s first ever patron in 2006 when they unveiled their new uniform at a concert in Omagh Library.
Philip visits Omagh regularly and has many memories of playing with the band in the 1970’s after learning the clarinet initially with his father, the late Brian Turbett, and then with Jack Sorrie of the Western Education and Library Board.
On leaving Omagh in 1979 Philip studied clarinet and bassoon at Trinity College of Music London for four years.
He now regularly performs with the UK's leading orchestras and has travelled throughout the world during his career playing at venues that include Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House.
Philip currently divides his time between performing, management and teaching . He is Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at Trinity Laban (Formerly Trinity College of Music London) and Manager of the English Touring Opera Orchestra.