Lets get this started!!!!
Over the last 20 years I think two of the best combinations around have been:
A Philip Mccann/David King - John Foster Black Dyke Mills
B BrianTaylor/Philip Chalk - Williams Fairey
What about now?????
I stand to be corrected, but I don’t remember David King being bumper up to McCann, he was 4th man down.
The front row as I remember was P McCann, D Blackledge, C Bacon and D King on 4th man. Michael Allen was repiano cornet and Kevin Crockford was soprano cornet. I taught them all except McCann, so if I’m wrong senility must have set in and I need a new brain.
Dafydd ap Iago
Back in the 70's Graham Walker and Fred Muscroft took some beating!
David King did play 2nd man to Mr Mcann . There was a photo of Black Dyke in The British Bandman a few years ago (when they paid tribute to Fred Ellis who had just died) showing him sat there . Fred gave up his seat to let the young Aussie ' wonder boy ' join Dyke on 2nd cornet and he worked his way up to bumper up .
Christopher Bacon also played 2nd man at Black Dyke at a very young age . Whatever happened to him ?
I was just flicking through to see if anyone had mentioned this formidable team, and there you were Steve - right on the ball.
"Awesome" is the only word to describe the total mastery of cornet co-operation that these two great players achieved.
The technical and tonal perfection of Graham combined with Freds wizardry acquired during his long spell as Principal Cornet of the Scots Guards made a very strong lead duo at the famous Imps Band in the "Walmsley Days" when they were consistently winning the major competitions.
....but not at the same time.
Keith Hutchinson and Richard Martin.