Recently retired MD of Torpoint Band, Alan Hambidge will be 80 years old, or young, on 5th July 2007. In 1982 Alan left the RAF, where he worked as a vehicle fitter becoming caretaker at a local school in Plymouth. In late 1982 he joined the then, RBL (Crownhill) Plymouth Brass Band as part of a threesome percussion team fondly known by other some of the local bands as the 3 wise monkeys - bang all, crash all and boom all. Alan was also very much involved with the admin side of the band as he served, over the years as secretary, assistant treasurer and band librarian. He left the RBL band in 2004 following an illness. In 1992 whilst still committed to his responsilbilities at the RBL, Alan became musical director of the Torpoint Brass Band, on the other side of the Tamar. Not only was he MD for the band he has spent many of his hours training and teaching the young, and not so young, of Torpoint and the surrounding area how to play brass instruments. He has now decided to call it "baton-down" after a couple of weeks short of 15 years in front of the band as MD. Alan is self taught in brass playing and although now retired as Musical Director he still continues to go accross to Torpoint continueing his work with the learners, and playing either on percussion or on Cornet as needed. Happy Birthday Alan!!!