He hailed from Methilhill, became one the finest musicians in Scotland in modern times and became director of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
But trumpeter John Wallace (65) has finally decided to step down after a successful 12 year tenure at the helm of the Glasgow school and direct his energies to resuming a performance career.
Speaking recently, he said: “I am never going to actually retire, that is impossible. But the time has come for me to stand down - your energy gets slightly less, your appetites for doing the same things get slightly fewer.
“I had a lot of unfulfilled ambitions when I came into this job, and I still do, but in other directions.”
Professor Wallace CBE first picked up a cornet at the age of seven and earned a scholarship to Cambridge, after sitting its entrance exam in a stationery cupboard at Buckhaven High School.
He went on to have a highly acclaimed career, peforming as a soloist with leading orchestras, including as leading trumpet player with the London Philharmonic and the London Symphony, and at major festivals.
He also performed on more than 600 CDs, played on film soundtracks ‘Superman’, ‘Star Wars’ and the Indiana Jones series and performed a solo before millions at the marriage of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana in 1981.
John is practising the trumpet again and receiving physiotherapy to help power up his diaphragm.
He said: “I don’t think I will ever get back to where I was in some ways, but in other ways I think I have improved.”