This year is a remarkable one for anniversaries. There are celebrations to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 100th anniversary to commemorate the sinking of RMS Titanic.
One member of Worthing Silver Band is also marking a rather special anniversary, as this year is his 40th year in the band.
David James joined the band in 1972 when he was 12 years old, and the band was known as the Worthing Youth Band.
In brass band tradition, he looked into the instrument store to see what was available for him to learn and found a tenor horn – although story has it that David thought it was a flugel when he first saw it.
During rehearsals, David was so scared of the conductor he would mime so no-one would hear any wrong notes. Now, 40 years later, with a few more conductors and a few different band names under his belt, David has found himself in the position of solo horn and has stopped miming! He is such a valued member of the band; he was also recently honoured with the title of President.
David said there have been many highlights in his time in the band but the most important happened in 1981 when another horn player joined. Her name was Marion and soon after their eyes met across a crowded rehearsal room, the two got married.
Worthing Silver Band now has three tenor horn players, and they will be showcasing their skills in a horn feature at the band’s spring concert, which promises a wide range of music with tributes to the Queen and Titanic alongside a selection of toe-tapping pieces.
The concert will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Queen Street Church Centre in Worthing. Tickets cost £5 for adults and children can enjoy the music for free. Tickets can be bought on the door. Further information can be found on the band’s website www.worthingsilverband.co.uk.