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I have been involved with the Brass Band movement for the past 60 years. I was born in Queensbury and began playing the horn at the age of 10. By the age of fourteen I progressed to the position of Solo Euphonium with the Black Dyke Mills Junior Band and had notable success under the leadership of Geoffrey Whitham. In 1964, I joined the Brighouse and Raistrick Band playing first baritone, leaving in 1965 to join the Black Dyke Mills Band where I stayed for the next 18 years. During this period the band won every major trophy including the World Championships, notching up 26 wins in all. I was privileged to meet members of the Royal family and many celebrities including Paul McCartney, Andre Previn and Edward Heath. During my career as I player I was fortunate to perform with some of the finest committed Brass players and Conductors with their individual interpretations of music. After leaving the band through work commitments, I have a small architectural practice, I concentrated less on playing an instrument and more on conducting. In recent years I have conducted bands across the spectrum from the fourth to the championship section using the conducting techniques learned from the many talented conductors under whose direction I played. I have also successfully taught a number of youngsters and have seen several of my pupils go on to become successful players in Championship bands of today. I hold a diploma in Music from the Open University. a part time course which involved studies in Music interpretation and analysis , Understanding Music Elements, Techniques and styles .Highly recommended . Since becoming a member of ABBA I have adjudicated at several contests namely Whit Friday March Contest at Denshaw, Pogson Bray Contest ,Brighouse and Easingwold March Contests, North west Area and Butlins along with individual Slow Melody Contests.
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