As principal saxophonist with the Band of the Welsh Guards, Wen Yee Yeung Gregson ’99, M’01 performs regularly with the band in the Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace and other state and ceremonial occasions.
In 2015, she was chosen as the sole British representative to the NATO Saxophone Orchestra, performing on soprano saxophone. That July, the orchestra took part in the 2015 World Saxophone Congress, held once every three years in a different city, this time in Strasbourg, France. Wen described the congress as “a gathering of the world’s top saxophonists to perform, collaborate, and share ideas.”
“It was a huge honor and privilege for me to be selected to take part in such an important and significant event,” she said. “Not only was I representing the United Kingdom, but also my alma mater—IUP.
After her IUP graduation, Wen moved to England to pursue a music career and, in 2002, joined the British Army and the Band of the Royal Corps of Signals. With the band, she toured extensively in Europe as well as in Canada and Pakistan and, in 2008, became part of a Corps of Army Music training team that assisted in developing Ethiopia’s National Defence Force Band. She also served as an instructor at the Royal Military School of Music, which trains musicians for the British Army’s bands. She has been with the Welsh Guards Band since 2013.
Born in Hong Kong, Wen moved with her family to Singapore and attended IUP on a scholarship from the Singapore Arts Council. At IUP, she was principal and co-principal saxophonist in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Saxophone Quartet and participated in many recordings under the direction of former band director Jack Stamp ’76. IUP is also where Wen met her future husband, Stephen Gregson ’00, a native of Great Britain. Stephen is a professional musician and conductor and a published arranger. They have a daughter, Anna.