David Horsfield

David Horsfield

David Horsfield 2011

The death has been announced of AoBBA Executive Member David Horsfield, the highly respected player, conductor, adjudicator and publisher.

Aged 73, he had fought a brave battle against cancer. He leaves a widow Jenny and two sons Graham and Martin. He passed away on Tuesday 18th October at his home in Bailiff Bridge, Brighouse.


Tributes have been paid from all corners of the banding world, led by his great friend and fellow James Shepherd Versatile Brass member Gordon Higginbottom.

He stated: “David will be remembered as a fine cornet and flugel player, gracing the stage with Clifton & Lightcliffe, Brighouse & Rastrick, Black Dyke and the James Shepherd Versatile Brass, of which he was a founder member.

In addition he was an active member of the Brighouse Lions, being responsible for the now highly popular Brighouse March & Hymn Tune Contest.

With the support of his family, David founded Kirklees Music and for many years he was an executive member of the Band Traders Association and the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators (ABBA), undertaking many adjudication appointments worldwide.”

The funeral is to be held at the Central Methodist Church, Brighouse HD6 1 AQ on Wednesday 2nd November at 13.00pm.