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David started playing Tenor Horn in 1958, at the age of 7yrs, with Bury Silver Band, then a Second Section band, with his father and two brothers. As a teenager he received lessons and instruction from Hugh Parry, then Musical Director of the famous Wingates Temperance Band and played with the Band from 1968 to 1971. David has always been very active within the Brass Band Movement for over 60 years. He has been Conducting for over 40 years and has experienced of playing and Conducting numerous bands in the United Kingdom of all sections. In January 1998, David was engaged by the Committee of the British Aerospace (Chadderton) Band. (Championship Section) to become the bands Musical Director following the NW Area Contest. A position he gladly accepted, taking the band to a winning performance on their second outing. In 2001, under his direction, Hawk Green (Marple) Band gained promotion to the 1st Section. After coming 3rd in the North West Area Contest at Blackpool. David is still in great demand to conduct Brass Bands of all sections and has obtained numerous prizes over the past several years. He was the Founder and Musical Director of the CANCER RESEARCH BAND, which was made up of numerous very well-known and famous brass band personalities. Over a period of four years, the band contributed a total exceeding £4500-00 to the Charity. Money which has been either won at March Contests or collected at the various Concerts that the band have performed at. David is an experienced Adjudicator and was elected and now holds the position of AoBBA Executive Officer and Treasurer. As well as Brass Banding, David has vast experience of Choral and Music Festivals as Director and Official Adjudicator. He adjudicated at the 1999 and 2002 C.I.S.W.O. Miners Brass Band Contest at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, the 2002 Rhyl Music Festival, and for 8 consecutive years he adjudicated at the O.M.B.B.A. Slow Melody Contest. David adjudicated at the Butlins National Miners Championships in Skegness in 2015, and adjudicated the Leicester Contest in November 2016. In 2017 he adjudicated several times including the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest in Yorkshire. Recently he adjudicated with Roger Webster and David Hirst at the Spring Festival Preview evening and more recently, with Mike Kilroy at the British Open / National Finals Preview Evening. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the National Public Relations Officer with the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. In 2009, he was approached to conduct The Granite City Brass from Aberdeen. They won 4th place in the 2nd Section at the Scottish Area Championships at Dundee's, Caird Hall. The same year, he also took Wetherby Silver Band to the Yorkshire Area at Bradford's St Georges Hall, where they gained 5th place in the 3rd Section. During his 7 years tenure at Boarshurst Silver Band (Saddleworth), he led the band to over 20 first places and over 30 podium places including two consecutive Victories in 2012 and 2013 at the Butlins National Championships. In September 2014, David became Musical Director of the Oldest Brass Band in the World, the Stalybridge Old Band. The band had not gained a First Place in any contest for over 10 years. However, within 6 months, led by David, the band have won the 3rd Section at the 2014 Rochdale Contest and, the 'B' Section at the Holme Valley Championships in June 2015. In November 2018 resigned the position after a very successful 4 years. In July 2016, he was re-elected as National PRO, Web Manager and Editor of the NABBC. David continues teaching brass and percussion and was invited to direct a Master Class in Brass playing and Brass Band Conducting in Suffolk, now a very popular annual event. He also travels to Amsterdam, Holland, every September, to lead a Masterclass and the annual Intensive Study Weekend with the Felison Brass who are from Velsen-Noord, Netherlands, prior to their National Championships in the October. David has received many accolades and was extremely pleased and humbled to receive the following comment from 4 Bars Rest following his recent illness in 2017, “After six months of recuperation after major surgery, one of the UK's most popular conductors makes a return to the podium. David is one of the finest Conductors outside the Championship Section” A testimonial from the Felison Band (Amsterdam) is as follows:- "We always have a wonderful time and look back on a very successful study weekend which was led by David. The response of the band to him, was remarkable and we feel that we have made great advancements with the Test Piece. The whole band have worked very hard and we have enjoyed a great connection with David.” David has taught numerous Brass and Percussion students, many of whom have moved up the ladder to the higher sections of the Brass Band movement. He is a retired Police Officer and an active Freemason.
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