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David was born into a musical family in Bury, Lancashire in 1951. He started playing the Tenor horn at the age of 7 and was taught by Hugh Parry, the then M.D. of The Wingate’s Temperance Band. Between 1967 and 1979 he played with numerous Championship Bands including Wingate’s Temperance and Besses o’ th’ Barn. He started conducting in 1978 and has been involved in winning several National Championships. He studied Music at Lancaster University and has been a Tutor on several RSCM Performance Courses.
He has been a Member of AoBBA for the last 10 years and served for 8 years as an Executive Officer and held the position of National Treasurer. He was also on the National Executive Council of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors. (NABBC) For 6 years he was the Executive Training Mentor for the Association of Brass band Adjudicators.
David also has a great allegiance with Brass Banding in Holland and has been the Professional Conductor and Tutor of the Felison Brass from Velsen Noord, Amsterdam for over 10 years. He is also the Lead Tutor at the Intensive Study Weekends in Holland, where Bandsmen and Women play for 3 days, studying and perfecting the parts of their respective test piece for the Dutch National Finals.
Over the years, David has become a very experienced adjudicator and has judged at numerous contests including the original Mineworkers Contests in The Winter Gardens, Blackpool in the late 1990’s and he has judged at the Butlins Mineworkers Championship on several occasions. More recently he adjudicated at Brighouse March and Hymn Contest, The Beamish March & Hymn Contest and in 2022 he adjudicated the Welsh Area Contest, The London and Southern Counties Area Contest, the West of England Area Contest and the National Finals at Cheltenham.