Thanks Mark. Just Googling around, I find a quote from him in "The Salvationist" of 9/11/2013 (Salvationist 9 nov 2013, p.13), where he talks of serving 40 years as BM. I'll put him down as 1958-98 for now, and add a note that this is maybe not exact, and that he also has a later period with the same band. If you know more precisely, I can put that down.Hello Dave.
Gordon Cowley, Band Master of the Douglas, Isle of Man Salvation Army Band was commissioned in 1958.
He retired from conducting approximately 10 years ago but was pressed back into service about 3 - 4 years ago, due to another retirement!
Band Master Gordon is still conducting the band today.
I helped out the Salvation Army Band at a concert in December and at the prior rehearsal Gordon was conducting and playing baritone at the same time, not bad for a 93 year old, he also can still make a mean noise on his bass trombone too !
In terms of first taking on a band to putting it down, that would top the list I have, so far as I'm aware - but the single band list is of conductors that have continuously taken that band for all of the intervening time.
Coming over the 30 year threshold in 2016, good spot Lynne.Mike Gray has been conducting Crystal Palace Band since 1986 (30 years) and is still conducting them