Brian Cleaver, fourth man down of the Nelson Brass Band, began his playing career at the tender age of 10 years old when he joined Cowling Brass Band on cornet. Since then, he has played with a catalogue of bands all over the UK, mostly Championship section and mainly on the Principal Cornet seat; Butterfield Tank Works Band Shipley, Haworth Brass Band, Rolls Royce Coventry, Langley, Jackfield, Skipton to name a few. Brian also actively involved himself in the running of the bands too as Secretary of Haworth and Skipton Band. Brian's "claim to fame" was taking part in the film, "The Railway Children" in 1970, when he was part of the welcoming home band on the platform of Haworth railway station! Although Brian is fairly new to Nelson Brass, he is no stranger to quite a few of the members who were also members of the then Championship Section, Skipton Band. Brian received the NWABBA Certificate of Honour, the last NWABBA tie in existence (he's open to offers!) and a 60 year long service medal kindly provided by the NWABBA and was presented with them at the band's Christmas concert on Monday 6th December at the Fisher More RC School in Colne, by the Mayor of Nelson, Councillor Tony Beckett. After almost 70 years of playing, Brian still has an amazing technique and sound and really is a welcome addition to Nelson Brass. It's only fitting that he finally receives the recognition he deserves for his many years of outstanding contributions, commitment and loyalty to the brass band movement. A "real" brass bander if ever there was one Well done Brian - hats off to you (or should that be caps?) PS - The band have forgiven him for being a Yorkshireman !!!