David Wm Ashworth

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David W Ashworth.

Musical Director, Band Trainer, Arranger, AoBBA Executive Member and Professional Freelance Conductor.

M.D. David W Ashworth

5 Queen Street Mills,
Two Mills Lane,
Telephone; 07785-257129.

Personal Information and Experience.

David started playing Tenor Horn in 1958, at the age of 7yrs, with Bury Silver Band, then a Second Section band, with his father and two brothers.

He received lessons and instruction from Mr Hugh Parry, then Musical Director of the famous Wingates Temperance Band.

He holds an excellent playing record. His instruments included:- Horn, Cornet, Euphonium and Eb Bass and Percussion. During his playing years he has been part of 12 National Finals being a member of the winning band 6 times.

David has always been very active within the Brass Band Movement for over 60 years and is an Executive Officer of The Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

He has Conducted for over 40 years and has experience of playing with, and Conducting, numerous bands throughout the United Kingdom and Europe of all levels, some of which include;

Besses o'th' Barn, (NW) (Championship Section)
Wingates Temperance Band, (NW) (Championship Section)
British Aerospace (Chadderton) Band, (NW) (Championship Section)
Riddings Band (Midlands), (Championship Section)
St Austell Band, (Cornwall) (Championship Section)
Marsden Band,(Yorks) (Championship Section)
Hebden Bridge Band, (Yorks) (1st Section)
The Hoover Bolton Band, (NW) (1st Section)
Hawk Green (Marple), (NW) (1st Section)
Glossop Old Band, (Midlands) (1st Section)
The Granite City Brass, Aberdeen. (Scotland.) 2nd Section.
Walkden Band, (NW) (2nd Section)
Boarshurst Silver Band (Greenfield), (NW) (2nd Section)
BMP Europe Goodshaw Band, (NW) (2nd Section)
Stalybridge Old Band, (NW) (3rd Section)
The Golborne Band, (NW) (3rd Section)
The Waverney Valley Brass Ensemble, (Suffolk).
The Ovington Tynedale Band, (North East) 3rd Section.
and is the Professional Musical advisor with
to name just a few.

In January 1998, David was approached to take the position of Musical Director of the British Aerospace (Chadderton) Band. (Championship Section)
A position he gladly accepted, taking the band to a winning performance on their second outing.

In 2001, under his direction, Hawk Green (Marple) Band gained promotion to the 1st Section. After coming 3rd in the North West Area Contest at Blackpool.

Butlins Champions 2012

David is in great demand to conduct Brass Bands at all levels and has gained numerous prizes over the years.

He has a fine reputation, confirmed
by 4 bars rest as,

'One of the finest Conductors to actually still be outside the Championship Section.'

David with the Trophies won with the Boarshurst Silver Band.
Winners of the 2012 & 2013 Butlins National Championships.

He was the Founder and Musical Director of the CANCER RESEARCH BAND, which was made up of numerous very well known and famous brass band personalities from Fodens, Black Dyke, Hepworth, Wingates, Fairey and Leyland Bands.

Over a period of four years, the band contributed a total exceeding £4500-00 to the Charity. Money which has been either won at March Contests or collected at the various Concerts that the band have performed at.

David is an experienced Adjudicator and has been elected as AoBBA Executive Officer and National Treasurer.

As well as Brass Banding, David has vast experience of Choral and Music Festival Adjudication.

He adjudicated at the 1999 and 2002 C.I.S.W.O. Miners Brass Band Contest at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, the 2002 Rhyl Music Festival, and for 8 consecutive years he adjudicated at the O.M.B.B.A. Slow Melody Contest.

David adjudicated at the Butlins National Miners Championships in Skegness in 2015, and adjudicated the Leicester Contest in November 2016. In 2017 he adjudicated several times including the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest in Yorkshire. Recently he adjudicated with Roger Webster and David Hirst at the Spring Festival Preview evening and with Mike Kilroy at the Hammonds Band, British Open / National Finals Preview Evening.

Between 2002 and 2005, he was the National Public Relations Officer with the National Association of Brass Band Conductors.

In 2009, he was approached to conduct The Granite City Brass from Aberdeen. They won 4th place in the 2nd Section at the Scottish Area Championships at Dundee's, Caird Hall.

The same year, he also took Wetherby Silver Band to the Yorkshire Area at Bradford's St Georges Hall, where they gained 5th place in the 3rd Section.

During his 7 years tenure at Boarshurst Silver Band (Saddleworth), he led the band to over 20 first places and over 30 podium places including two consecutive Victories in 2012 and 2013 at the Butlins National Championships.

In September 2014, David became Musical Director of the Stalybridge Old Band. The band had not gained a First Place in any contest for over 10 years.

However, within 6 months, led by David, the band have won the 3rd Section at the 2014 Rochdale Contest and more recently, the 'B' Section at the Holme Valley Championships in June 2015.

In July 2016, he was re-elected as National PRO, Web Manager and Editor of the NABBC.

At the 2020 Area Contests in the North West, David led the BMP Europe Ltd Goodshaw Band, to victory in the 4th Section,
and at the Midlands Area Contest he led the Glossop Old Band to the Runners Up position in the Second Section.

He had been with both bands for only two months, as a result, both bands have gained promotion to the 3rd & 1st Sections respectively from January 2021.

David continues teaching brass and percussion and was invited to direct a Master Class in Brass playing and Brass Band Conducting in Suffolk, now a very popular annual event.

He also travels regularly to Amsterdam, Holland, to lead a Masterclasses and Intensive Study Weekends with the Felison Brass from Velsen-Noord, Netherlands.

David has received many accolades and was extremely pleased and humbled to receive the following comment from 4 Bars Rest following his recent illness,

"After six months of recuperation after major surgery, one of the UK's most popular conductors makes a return to the podium."

A testimonial from the Management Board of the FELISON BRASS BAND (Amsterdam) is as follows:-

"We have recently had a wonderful time and will look back on a very successful study weekend, which was led by David.
The players response to him, was remarkable and we feel that we have made great advancements with our Test Pieces. The whole band have worked very hard and we have enjoyed a great connection with David. We now look forward to the Dutch Nationals with confidence"

Following the Midlands 2nd Section Area Contest 2020, 4 Bars Rest wrote the following accolade:-

So too Glossop Old, as their MD (who has more victory medals to pin on his chest than the Duke of Wellington) once again did what he does best — inspiring a band to put the basics solidly in place before adding the touch of qualification sparkle.

David has taught numerous Brass and Percussion students, many of whom have moved up the ladder to the higher sections of the Brass Band movement. Any bands requiring assistance with Test Piece preparation are welcome to contact me direct on 07785-257129. David is a retired Police Officer and the owner of Fanfare North (Saddleworth). Uniform and Embroidery specialists.

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