Yorkshire Schools Band 1965

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by iancwilx, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    I've just come across this old 1965 image of the Yorkshire Schools Band.
    Principal Cornet - Phil McCann
    Solo Euph - Keith Wilkinson (Later Dr KW)
    Bass Trom - Ian Copland (Dyke and JSVB)
    and not to be confused with these luminaries, myself on Solo EEb Bass.
    We had quite a band.
    - Wilkie

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  2. flugelman

    flugelman Member

    There's no way you could be on there Wilky. You were middle aged in 1965!!!!
  3. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    I was a slow developer !!!

    To be honest, ( for once), none of the guys I mention were at regular school, we were all "Ringers" who scammed in by being night school,attenders.
    Phil, Ian C. and myself all worked in the offices of Yorkshire Imperial Metals at the time.

    - Wilkie
  4. TubaPete

    TubaPete Member

    That's my old band!

    Except by the time I was there (mid 1980s) Dr KW was conducting.

    Was George Bradshaw conducting in 1965? I believe he conducted when KW was on solo euph.

    Also, I wasn't aware that P McCann had been a schoolchild in Yorkshire!

  5. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Spot on Pete.
    That's George standing at the back on the left.
    A real gentleman.
    Regarding Phil.
    Yorkshire Imps brought Phil and his family down from Scotland in 1963/64 when he was about 16 years old.
    He never went to formal school in Yorkshire, but I believe he qualified for the Y. Schools Band through going to night school from Imps for Accountancy classes.
    Probably stretched the rules a bit, but he was a big "Catch" for the band !

    - Wilkie
  6. TubaPete

    TubaPete Member

    George taught me in school - I played at his retirement concert in Leeds Town Hall, round about 1983 IIRC.

    I think it was a sad day when BBAYS ceased - I understand why it happened - I met a former tutor not long after it folded. We had an interesting conversation, shall I say. I believe there is some bitterness still with some people...

    Thankfully for young brass players, Dr Nick has established the replacement Yorkshire Youth Band although there must have been a 15 year gap with neither.

  7. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    I finally ceased my involvment with BBAYS around 1967 when I was a bit long in the tooth for a schoolboy being 21 !
    Being a founder member in 1961, I had 6 good years with them.

    Do you remember the round lapel badges ?
    They were quality gear. I wish I still had one.

    I'd be interested to hear the story of how BBAYS folded.
    Perhaps you could pm me the story Pete.

    - Wilkie
  8. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Its quite possible that our paths may have crossed earlier than we thought Ian. I joined Yorkshire Schools in 1967 as a wee nipper
  9. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    That's amazing, though I don't recall my leg being stroked !!

    - YBB
  10. TubaPete

    TubaPete Member

    Hi there Ian,

    I still have my little round badge somewhere!

    I'll PM you later if I get chance...

  11. agentorange

    agentorange Member

    Check out my walking out jacket Wilkie, my badge lives on there. It'd been lost for years before turning up in a box in the loft. I wear it with pride now.
  12. iancwilx

    iancwilx Well-Known Member

    Awe ! - I felt a sudden rush of nostalgia when I read that.
    Great to know that the band lives on in spirit.
    It put the NYBBGB one to shame. (Cheap, rubbishy plastic thing.)

    - Wilkie
    ( I'm just off to search the loft !)
  13. steve butler

    steve butler Active Member

    Don't forget Ian, last time you did that Lynn moved the ladder
  14. trombo

    trombo Member

    Yorkshire Schools Brass Band

    Hi there Ian & Steve

    I was in the band from 1963 to 1966. you may be interested to know that George Bradshaw passed away a few tyears ago after suffering from Parkinsons Disease. You may also recall " Young " Arthur Atkinson (Tom's son) who was a sectional tutor, he too passed away only last year.
    I played in a bigband with Arthur about 20 years ago.

    I am on the photo Ian provided playing First Baritone. my name is Steve Ford.

    Currently playing with the Yorkshire Orchestra on Bass trombone.

    Nice to hear from you both.

    With best wishes for Christmas and 2009.

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