Roland served six and a half years in RAF Central Band, in the Middle East (Western Desert and Palestine) he was the leader of the RAF No 1 Band of the MEF. He was known in the RAF as Roland Shaw Tomkins (Sergeant). Roland has since changed his name to Roland Shaw.

Arranger: ‘The BBC Show Band’,
Pianist and Arranger: Nat Temple BBC series. ‘The Geraldo Orchestra’Arranger and Conductor (Recording after demise.) ‘The Ted Heath Orchestra’.

Musical Director Decca Records and London Records Inc.

Musical Director, Conductor and Arranger for:
Dame Vera Lynn. David Whitfield, Tommy Steele, Lita Rosa, The Beverley Sisters, Dickie Valentine, Lee Lawrence, Caterina Valente, The Odd Couple, Kenny
Baker, Acker Bilk , Frank Chacksfield, Stanley Black, Cyril Stapleton, Sammy Davis Jnr., Sir Cliff Richard, (‘Summer Holiday’), The Mantovani Orchestra (& Conductor BBC and Festival Hall.) Edmundo Ross, Gracie Fields, Roger Whittaker. (‘The Last Farewell’) Sir Harry Secombe, (‘The Lost Chord’), The Syd Lawrence Orchestra.

Television
‘The Royal Variety Show’, ‘The Children's Royal Variety Show’, ‘Show Stoppers’ and other TV Awards shows.
The RPO & LSO & BBC Concert Orchestra & The BBC Big Band.
Arranger/Conductor of winning Album Grand Prix du disc. Maurice Larcange.
‘The French Touch’

Popular Music
Musical director, arranger, conductor of first British No 1 in USA. (Dame Vera Lynn) ‘Auf Wiedersehn’.

Films and Musicals
Musical director, arranger and conductor of two major Hollywood musicals ‘The Great Waltz’ and ‘The Song of Norway’ and films, ‘Straight On ’til' Morning’, The Secret Of My Success” and ‘The Duke Wore Jeans’ amongst many others.