Leslie Statham (aka Arnold Steck) (18 December 1905 – 28 April 1974) was an English arranger and composer. Statham was born in Solihull. He was initially a soldier in the Welsh Guards regiment of the British Army playing in the Welsh Guards Band, and was occasionally given to performing as a soloist outside of his military career.

(He was) particularly active in the 1950s and 1960s and is remembered mostly for his marches with titles like "Piccadilly", "Birdcage Walk", "Path of Glory" and best known of all as it was the original signature tune for Match of the Day, "Drum Majorette", not to mention other 'production' music' titles for Chappells library such as "Morning Canter" and "Important Occasion".[1]

Selected works

  • 'Skeleton In The Cupboard' performed with the Danish State Radio Orchestra conducted by Robert Farnon featuring xylophone - Chappell C 438 1953
  • The Linburn Air 1965, Publisher: Chappell Duration: 4:10 mins. Instrumentation: arr. for military band by Leslie Statham
  • "Drum Majorette" was used as the original signature tune to the BBC's Match of the Day.
  • Wimbledon Championships, closing theme entitled "Sporting Occasion" [1]

In September 1948, the Band visited Canada to play at the National Exhibition in Toronto. It was estimated that the Band's 127 concerts were attended by nearly one and a half million people and during the course of the engagement the Band played 1174 programme items. The Band made a further visit to the Canadian National Exhibition following the Coronation in 1953. These trips were something of a return engagement for Major Statham, who had been featured as a solo pianist when the Kneller Hall Band had visited Canada in 1931. Major Statham retired from the service in 1962 to concentrate on a career as a composer and arranger. - From the UK Military Bands Website.


  1. ^ From the Musicweb-international website edited by Rob Barnett

External links

  • Welsh Guards Band Website (Has a photo of the Band Master under "Personnel Spotlight" section)
  • Musicweb-international.com
  • BBC theme tunes website
  • Military Bands website