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David W Ashworth.
Conductor, Band Trainer, Arranger, AoBBA Executive Member and Professional Freelance Conductor.
5 Queen Street Mills,
He received lessons and instruction from Mr Hugh Parry, then Musical Director of the famous Wingates Temperance Band.
He holds a very good 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 5 times.
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.
FELISON BRASS, VELSON NORD, AMSTERDAM. NETHERLANDS.
to name just a few.
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.
Winners of the 2012 & 2013 Butlins National Championships.
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.
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 Oldest Brass Band in the World, 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.
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 to Amsterdam, Holland, every September, to lead a Masterclass and the annual Intensive Study Weekend with the Felison Brass who are from Velsen-Noord, Netherlands, prior to their National Championships in the October.
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 the Test Piece. 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"
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. He is a retired Police Officer and an active Freemason.
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David is in great demand to conduct Brass Bands at all
levels and has gained numerous prizes over the years.
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