Sad Passing of Gifted Musician and Friend


On Sunday morning, Jo Almack, our very talented second euphonium player and great friend died very suddenly. Jo was twenty years old and a student at the University of Manchester where she was studying euphonium and viola.

The members of the band are devastated at the news. However, following
discussions with her family, the band has decided that it will still compete at the Grand Shield on the 8th May as a mark of our deep respect and love for Jo.

The members of United Coop Yorkshire Brass Band wishes to send its deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts to the Almack family and to everyone who was close to Jo. She will always be uppermost in our thoughts.

There will be a private family funeral, but a Memorial Service to celebrate Jo's life will be held on Saturday 8 May at St. Aiden's Church of England High School in Harrogate. The time has yet to be confirmed.


So sorry to hear such sad news Owen. My deepest sympathies to all Jo's family & friends & all at United Co-Op Yorkshire.


Sending condolences from everyone at United Co op Band (Crewe).
I'm sure you've made the right decision about the Grand Shield.
We. unfortunately lost a member of the Band just before last years Areas and made the decision to go to the contest. It was very sad but we did it for him.
I'm sure you'll do the same for Jo.
Heard the news at the start of the week through mutual friends of the band. Deepest sympathies to family and band from all of Jackfield Elcock Reisen Band


I am sorry to hear such sad news.

Please accept and send our deepest condolences from all at Drighlington Band as well.

Mic Tyler
Principal Euph
Drighlington Band

2nd man down

Staff member
Deepest Sympathies and heartfelt best wished go out to all Jo's family and all at United Co-op Band from myself and all at Emley Band.
Terrible news.

Keep playing that Euph Jo.


Well-Known Member
How tragic for such a talent to be taken so young.
My deepest sympathy to the family.

Ian Wilkinson
2nd EEb Bass
Kippax Band


Active Member
Such sad news. Condolences to all friends and family from myself and everyone at the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band (Hull), and I'm sure all at Salford University Music Dept.
A real tragedy.


Active Member
Simply re-itterating the comments above on behalf of myself and the rest of my band. A tragic loss, especially so young. Deepest sympathies to the band and her family.

Dave Euph

I heard from one of Co-Op's players earlier today, and although I'd only known her briefly when I played with the band a while back, it is still a major shock to me.

Please accept my deepest sympathies to the family and to the band ... Jo was a terrific player and had a fine future ahead of her.
I think doing the contest is definitely the right thing. Sadly, the father of a cornet player at Rochdale Youth Band died last year on the morning of the National Youth Championships... I was drafted back in to dep for her on bumper-up, and the band were absolutely distraught as Peter was such a close friend to everyone. But there was something heart warming about going ahead and doing our best, and deep down we all knew it was what he would have wanted more than anything.

Sympathies to you all at co op and to Jo's family, from myself and everyone at Pennine Brass. :cry:

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