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David Wm Ashworth




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David W Ashworth.

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

M.D. David W Ashworth

5 Queen Street Mills,
Two Mills Lane,
Mossley.
OL5 9HP
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 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.

David has always been very active within the Brass Band Movement for over 59 years. 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
FELISON BRASS, VELSON NORD, AMSTERDAM. NETHERLANDS.
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 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 ABBA Adjudicator and and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also the National PRO with the NABBC and is also an Executive Committee member. He also has vast experience of Choral and Music Festival Adjudication.
He adjudicated at the 1999 and 2002 C.I.S.W.O. Miners Contest at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, the 2002 Rhyl Music Festival, He has, for the past 8 years, adjudicated at the O.M.B.B.A. Slow Melody Contest.
Also Adjudicating at the Butlins National Miners Contest in 2015 and the Leicester Contest in 2016.

David has always continued 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 is also committed to the Felison Band in Velson Nord, Amsterdam, Holland. He visited several time throughout the year taking intensive rehearsals and in September he leads an annual Intensive Study Week leading up to the Dutch National Championships in Utrecht.

In 2009, he conducted 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 6 years at Boarshurst Silver Band, 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 the 'B' Section at the Holme Valley Championships in June 2015.

He has taught numerous Brass students who have moved up the ladder to the higher sections of the Brass Band movement.

David is available to Conduct any band whenever he is available to do so.

If you Require a Conductor for a Concert, Contest or wish to engage him for Contest preparation and competition, don't hesitate to contact him.



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