Major Brenden Wheeler hails from Cairns, Australia where his passion for brass playing began in the tropical climate of Far North Queensland.
Major Wheeler joined the British Army in 2009 to become a professional musician within the Royal Corps of Army Music (RCAM). After completing training, he was posted to his first military band The Heavy Cavalry & Cambrai Band in Catterick, North Yorkshire. Three years later, he attended the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and was commissioned into RCAM.
On completion of the Young Officers’ Course at the Royal Military School of Music in Twickenham, 2Lt Wheeler was assigned as the Assistant Director of Music at The Band and Bugles of the Rifles. He was then subsequently assigned to the Army Foundation College in Harrogate as Officer Commanding 2 Platoon.
In 2017, Captain Wheeler was appointed as Director of Music at The Band of the Royal Armoured Corps and managed the transition to British Army Band Catterick under the Military Music Optimisation programme in 2019.
In 2020, Major Wheeler attended the staff course in Shrivenham before being assigned as Staff Officer 2 J35 within Permanent Joint Headquarters as part of the team responsible for the acceleration of the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy under Op PITTING.
In 2021, Major Wheeler was assigned as Staff Officer 2 J5 at Joint Force Command Naples, Italy before returning to the UK as the Director of Music for the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland in August 2023.