The experienced bandsman, of Lee-on-the-Solent, was formerly Trumpet Professor in the service.
Jonathan, 65, now Principal Trumpet in the Royal Marines Association Concert Band, survived the bomb attack on the Royal Marines School of Music at Deal in 1989, which killed 11 and injured 21. He still suffers from tinnitus.
He left his home to join in 1962 and has played around the world and has performed at the Cenotaph.
He was in the fanfare team at both Prince Andrew’s wedding in 1986 and at Lord Mountbatten’s funeral, in 1979, and was in the street-lining for Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981.
Jonathan told The News he will continue playing.
He said: ‘I am surprised, I am really pleased. It’s just a terrific honour.’
He added the bomb attack made him realise why people need support.
‘Being in the RMA band has more focus,’ he said.
‘I know there are still people alive who were more seriously hurt than I was.‘That’s the spur for continuing to play.’
Colonel Nick Grace, principal director of the RM Band, said: ‘Jon has had a major influence on a whole generation of trumpet players and also buglers, the proper teaching of whom was his innovation.
‘It is impossible to underestimate his significance to the Royal Marines Band Service.’
From all of us in the RMACB and all people connected we offer our warmest congratulations to you Jon. Richly deserved for sure!
Below is a reprint from former PDM Graham Hoskins from the Ex RMB web site.
Message Number: 1501 - Tuesday, December 31, 2013 05:13:17 EST
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Posted From:United Kingdom
Name: Graham Hoskins
Service Number: RMBx2687
Hometown: Kingsdown, Deal, UK
Jonathan Yates BEM
May I be among the first to congratulate Jonathan Yates whose name appears in today's New Year Honours List. There can be no more worthy recipient of this National recognition. Jonathan has been, and continues to be, an icon of the Royal Marines Band Service. Successive Directors of Music have basked in the light this incredible musician has generated across the world among of whom I readily include myself. Constantly reliable in every detail he also has unmatched charisma that takes his ability to new heights. I am sure that I will be speaking for many as I forward this deeply heartfelt tribute to an admirable colleague. Long may he continue to lead us through the delights of musical entertainment and, in the case of many of us, reminiscence. Jonathan -you are a champion!
Graham Hoskins (PDM 1982-1989)The band and everyone connected, are delighted to announce that our Principal Trumpet Jonathan Yates has earned the British Empire Medal after playing in the Royal Marines Band since the age of 14!