Allan Murray began his music career at the age of 6 as a percussionist in the Stratford Boys Band, London Midlanders and the Toronto Optimists Drum and Bugle corps before moving to California to play snare drum in the Anaheim Kingsmen. Al graduated from Humber College in Toronto, Ontario and studied music at the University of South Florida. Al taught and/or arranged for such drum and bugle corps as the 1975 Oakland Crusaders, 1976-77 Seneca Optimists, 1978 Spirit of Atlanta, 1982-86 Suncoast Sound, 1989-91 and 1998-99 Boston Crusaders, the 1999-2001 Pioneer, the 1994 Magic of Orlando and the undefeated 1994 Empire Statesmen. Internationally Allan has taught clinics in Canada, United States, Japan, South Africa, Indonesia, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and China.
Al was a music arranger and Director of Distribution Operations for Columbia Pictures Music Publications in Miami, Florida for 10 years. On April 1, 1998 Al joined DEG Music Products, Inc. as their new Dynasty USA product line manager responsible for all sales, marketing, research and design of marching brass, bugles and percussion. Al was promoted to Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Dynasty USA/ DEG Music Products, Inc., in 2002. Al began work with System Blue in 2009 before becoming the Director of Educational Percussion for Ludwig-Musser, a division of Conn-Selmer, Inc. Al returned to System Blue, based in Concord, CA and held positions as Director of Product Development and Chief Operating Officer.
Al has been involved as a performer, arranger, composer, clinician and adjudicator in the marching music activity for 60 years. Today Al lives with his wife Peg in Sebastian, FL.