Chat in the pub after band the other day had me thinking... The question was: "Which conductor has conducted a brass band for the longest period?". Scratching my head a bit, I've come up with a few that stayed with one band for notably long periods, but I'm sure there are many more. Here's what I've come up with: 50 years, Joe Ireland, Dearham Band, 1953-2003 - maybe not continuous? >46 years, Stan Sheasby, Ashworth Band, <1964-2010 - maybe not continuous? 42+ years, Haydn Griffiths, Armthorpe Elmfield Band, ~1973-present 42+ years, Tony Small, Penclawdd Band, 1973-present >41 years, Herbert Milburn, Milburn's Model (Middlesbrough), <1871 - >1912 36 years, Ford Knight, Indian Queens Silver Band, 1920-1956 - maybe not continuous? 35+ years, Dave Newman, Hathern Band, 1980-present 34+ years, Charles Kitchen, Fairfield (Buxton) Band, 1981-present Anyone think of any more who served or are currently serving 30+ years in post? Gwyn Evans at Beaumaris might be another - BBR has him conducting them back to 1986 (29 years), but no contests before then back to 1980. A related question is: "Which brass band conductor has had the longest career?". One has to be a bit cautious with BBR data for this - there are entries that have been incorrectly matched to the same conductor 150 years apart... Here's what I've come up with: 60+ years, Haydn Griffiths, 1955-present >58 years, Herbert Milburn, <1854 - >1912 58 years, Roy Newsome, 1953-2011 56 years, John Faulds, 1907-1963 53+ years, Richard Evans, 1962-present 50 years, Alex Owen, 1869-1919 50 years, Joe Ireland, 1953-2003 Anyone know any more of 50+ years career? All this second list are drawn from BBR, so from contesting data, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to hear of someone who'd conducted a single non-contesting village band for some record-breaking span of time... Or an SA band, for that matter. These lists are also very UK-centric; I bet there have been some impressive feats of endurance elsewhere. And they are more representative of the present than the past, too - that's probably also not correct.