Passing of Keith Green

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  1. 4thmandown

    4thmandown Member

    In the early hours of Saturday 26th July, after a short illness, Keith Green, a stalwart of brass bands in the Pendle and Craven districts of Lancashire and Yorkshire passed away at the age of 74.

    Beginning his banding career with the original Barnoldswick Prize Band in the early 1950s, he subsequently became a member of the Rolls Royce Works Band. Following the demise of Barnoldswick in the early 1960s, he was, for a time, a member of the cornet section at the Earby Band until Barnoldswick reformed in 1968, remaining there for a further 15 years, for much of the time on Solo Euphonium.

    More recently he was to be found on the back row at Earby, helping the next generation of players along, performing in his final concert, for Earby, at Austwick on 10th July.

    Funeral details will be posted once the arrangements have been confirmed.
  2. 4thmandown

    4thmandown Member

    The funeral of Keith Green will take place at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday 6th August at Holy Trinity Parish Church, Barnoldswick. It is hoped that many of his banding contemporaries, past and present might be able to come along.
  3. 4thmandown

    4thmandown Member

    A fine send off was given by a group from the Earby Brass Band, which was greatly appreciated by all of the family and guests. Quite how they managed to play so well in such an emotional setting I will never know. They proved themselves to be the embodiment of all that is good about a brass band in the community which they serve and I am particularly proud to have been associated with them over the years.

    If you haven't heard of them or don't know much about the band, why not look them up either on Facebook or They are one of the oldest bands in the country dating back to 1841 and can count among their former players two of the greatest cornet players who ever lived; Edwin Firth and Arthur Laycock. (that would also put you above 4BR, who couldn't give a monkeys!)

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