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David was born into a musical family in Bury, Lancashire in 1951. He started playing the Tenor horn at the age of 7 and was taught by Hugh Parry, then MD of Wingates Temperance Band. His banding life flourished over his younger years and between 1967 and 1979 he played with numerous Championship Bands throughout the country.. In the early 1970’s, he became a Police Officer and as a result, due to his work commitments, Championship Section playing had to be place on the back burner. He did however, continued playing the Tuba and concentrated on conducting. During his 40+ years of conducting, David has had numerous contest successes at all levels and was described by 4 Bars Rest as, 'One of the finest Conductors outside the Championship Section'. He is an Executive Officer , with The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (AoBBA) and a member of the National Executive Council of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. (NABBC) He has vast experience in adjudicating, at both Brass Band Contests and Choral Music Festivals throughout the country. In the late 1990's and early 2000's he adjudicated at the National Mineworkers Contest at the Winter Gardens Blackpool, also at the Rhyl Music Festival and numerous Air Varie and Slow Melody Contest throughout the country. The 2012 National Finals at Cheltenham, the 2013 Brass at the Guild, the 2013 Uni-brass Contest at Lancaster University, the 2014 Yorkshire Slow Melody Championships and the 2015 Butlins National Championships. More recently he Adjudicated the 2018 Brighouse March and Hymn Contest and the Whiston Brass Festival 2018. He also adjudicated at the 2019 Butlins National Championships. During 2019 David was the AoBBA Mentor for the Youth Adjudicators at both the Yorkshire and London Areas. David has led the Annual Brass Master Class weekends in the Waveney Valley area of North East Suffolk for several years. He is, the Director of the annual intensive study weekend course, for the Dutch National Contest, with the Felison Brass in The Netherlands, where he holds the position of Associate Professional Conductor. David has worked as the Musical Director on a several stage-shows with both amateur dramatic societies and professional theatre groups. He also still finds time to write and arrange music. As a Conductor David is extremely experienced, having worked with many brass bands of all sections, Championship to Youth plus brass ensembles, military bands, choirs and operatic societies. His association with British Brass Bands over the past 60+ years, has led him to conduct bands from all over the UK and Europe. David is looking forward to the many challenges which the future brings, with his normal energy and enthusiasm. He is a retired Police Officer and an active Freemason.
5 Queen Street Mill, Two Mills Lane, MOSSLEY. OL5 9HP.