Umchucks was the name commonly used to describe after beats. It was common practice for learners to make a 'grunt' sound (um) the quaver beat rests before playing the following quaver. Gordon's first experience of the brass band repertoire was Gilbert and Sullivan music, with page after page of after beats being the order of the day. Gordon's father, a conductor, would often say in rehearsals 'let's try the umchucks now' - 'no tune' just the umchucks. Simple, and that's where his musical journey started.
The book will take the reader on a musical journey from his early start as a young bandsman to being invited to join 'The Famous CWS (Manchester) Band', under the baton of Alex Mortimer. Gordon went on to play at all the major concert and contest venues both home and abroad. His musical career saw him being invited to join and play in many of the best brass bands in the UK and a guest player overseas.
His musical career was enhanced even further when he was invited by the famous cornet player James Shepherd to join what was to become the James Shepherd Versatile Brass.
I was very pleased to be invited by Gordon to become involved in the publishing of his book and would recommend it to everyone who is a current player or retired player from the world of brass bands.
Gordon and his wife Sylvia at the book launch. The event saw many of his friends attend to share the moment with them.
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