Longest with one band ?

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Marilyn, May 7, 2012.

  1. Marilyn

    Marilyn New Member

    Horace Ing, at present 2nd Baritone, with West Wycombe Brass Band is 90 years old,and still plays at rehearsals every Wednesday, and all engagments.His first job out with the Band was when he was 12 years old at a local Fete.His Father played at the time.Horace rose through the ranks to become Principle Cornet and has since gone on to play in most positions but not Trombone or Bass. He will have been playing for 78 years on June 12th this year as a member, only with West Wycombe Brass Band. Got to be the longest.
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  2. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

  3. Gazabone

    Gazabone Member

    A wonderful achievement. Can only be a true bandsman.
  4. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    Not many get close to that...

    I remember Blewbury band had a horn player called Sonny Wilson when I depped there in about 1990 who had been there since 1919 - I think he played with them for another few years after that, though probably not until the 1997 that would have been needed to make 78 years.

    Not playing, but I think Jim Alder was on the Oxford & District Association committee continuously from the O&DBBA foundation in 1923 until he died at the age of 99 over 80 years later.
  5. Missy_Gracie

    Missy_Gracie Member

    We have a chap at our retired folks lunch club who tells me (every week!) that he has been playing with Cockerton for 83 years (he's old enough to have) but someone from Cockerton would need to confirm that!
  6. Nuh Bell

    Nuh Bell Member

    Brilliant. Well done to him. That's what keeps local bands going. Our Eb bass player has been in the band for 65 years and shows no sign of slowing down. This is the commitment we should all aspire to
  7. Tubby

    Tubby Member

    Our 1st Baritone player has been playing with the band since 1941, he is still playing at rehearsals and engagements a proper inspiration to other players in the band - well done Walter Green.
  8. Marilyn

    Marilyn New Member

    An update on Longest with one Band. Horace Ing of West Wycombe Brass Band has retired from playing, after 82 years with West Wycombe alone. He was 95 Years old in November this Year. As I said previously, his first engagement with the band was at a church fete at Sands, where he lived. His father and two brothers were also members of the band. He attended all practises and rarely missed an engagement. In his 82 years with the Band, he has played all positions on cornet, and finished up on Baritone. He has given his cornet, for which he paid £40 new, to the band. Sadly, Horace is now in a Residential Home,in good health, and still got all his marbles. His memory is brilliant. He is sorely missed, but visited regularly by the members.
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  9. Euphonium Lite

    Euphonium Lite Active Member

    That's amazing service. I know several people who have done 60+ years with one band, but nowhere near 82.
  10. David Evans

    David Evans Active Member

    Frank Wolff is 85, and has been playing for 73 years, well over 60 years with the City of Oxford band. He still plays, and conducts and is taking a top-notch band off to tour Belgium next Easter.