The gentleman you refer to was called Charlie Newton, I had the privilege of sitting next to him when i first joined the Salvation Army band at Yeovil as a teenager. He was playing cornet at the time, but volunteered to move onto Bass when there was a need to move people round. He was still carolling (2.5 hours at a time) well into his late eighties, and got most irrate if it was suggested he should have a chair. Charlie was a real gentleman, and had more energy than many 60 years younger than him. He sadly passed away a couple of years ago.PeterBale said:When we visited Yeovil Corps with our Songster Brigade a few years ago they had a BBb player who was certinly in his 90's, and had only just stopped playing the instrument outside, restricting himself now just to indoor events!
I don't know whether he is still playing, but I'm sure there are others around as well.