About Us

All Your Musical Needs

Gary Mills

Gary started Wessex Music in 1999 after a career as a Royal Navy Submariner marine engineer. Having started playing the clarinet in 1976, he also plays the saxophone and the flute. In 1980, his instrument broke while he was at sea, so he had to fix it himself. The job took 3 frustrating days and would now take him just a matter of hours.

He spent time with flute repairer Jon Dodd and was accepted into the Royal Marines Band Service workshop twice a week for two years learning from their NAMIR technicians. Later, Gary became a professional member of NAMIR and also attended the Malden School of Musical Instrument Repair, where he now teaches. He still plays with Royal Navy bands but spends most of his time supplying Tim with tea and cakes.

Tim Adlington

Tim joined Wessex Music in 2008 after almost 37 years as an Aircraft Engineer in the Royal Navy. He has played brass instruments from his early teens (not long really!), starting on trumpet and sliding all the way through the band to his current position on Eb Tuba with the Royal Navy Volunteer Band at RNAS Yeovilton.

A registered professional member of NAMIR, Tim mainly carries out repairs to brass instruments and guitars, as well as feeding Gary with cake and coffee! He also calms the computer down after Gary has been on it! When not at work or out with the band, Tim enjoys long walks, cycling, and even the occasional 5k run all of which have to be fuelled by cake!

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Wessex Music is part of the Take it away scheme and offers interest-free credit. Credit subject to status and affordability. Terms and Conditions Apply. Wessex Woodwind Ltd is a credit broker authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Credit is provided by Omni Capital Retail Finance Ltd authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Compton Court, Coldharbour (on A30)Sherborne
Dorset DT9 4AG


Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Proudly Serving Dorset, Somerset, and the Surrounding Areas

Wessex Music is a trading name of Wessex Woodwind Ltd. Photos by Josie Elias.

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