Bandstand Memories
24Feb2018
Ken Smith the legendary cornet player from New Zealand

The world lost one of its great musicians on 15 February 2018 when Kenneth George Smith, known as Ken or young Ken, died in Melbourne aged 88. 

Ken was skilled in many aspects of music, particularly brass music and brass bands. He was a superb cornet/trumpet player; a stylish and clever arranger; a skilled and sensitive adjudicator; a world championship winning conductor; and a willing and intelligent educationalist.

23Jan2018
BETTY ANDERSON - A TRUE PIONEER FOR THE WORLD OF BRASS BANDS

The death was been announced of Betty Anderson, one of the pioneering women of the 20th century brass band movement. She died following a period of illness on 8th January aged 88. In 2009 Betty allowed me to write a potted history of her brass band career for my new book' What Brass Bands Did For Me...'    

11Jan2018
WILLIE BARR - THE FLYING SCOT

Willie Barr will be remembered by many older readers as one of the finest and most frequently heard cornet soloists on the radio during the 1950’s and 60’s. My own recollection of this brass band legend from north of the border was when I first heard one of his solo performances of Gregor J. Grant’s composition The Flying Scot  on a 1967 Scottish CWS recording – cornet playing of the very highest standard.

20Dec2017
The death of Frank Bryce - musician,conductor, composer and arranger has been widely reported

The death of Frank Bryce who will always be associated with Besses o'th Barn Band was reported widely in the brass band press today.  

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