Strike up the band

Nostalgia: 1989 Rhoades Saddlery Band
Nostalgia: 1989 Rhoades Saddlery Band
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Market Rasen Rhoades Saddlery Band welcomed a new musical director back in 1966.

Pictured is Derick Ward from Ludford ready to strike up the band at his first practice in charge.

Here is how the full report appeared in the Rasen Mail of the day.

‘Market Rasen (Rhoades Saddlery) Band have acquired the services of Derick Ward of Ludford as Musical Director.

He was taught to play the cornet from the age of five by his father, and played with Rothwell Temperance Band until conscription into the No 6 Region of the Central Band Royal Air Force, winning many trophies in open competition during this time, including National Championships in the youth sections.

On leaving the Royal Airforce in the early 50s he was invited to become principal cornet with the Brighouse and Rastrick Band under James Hickman and Mr Eric Ball OBE and held this position for a number of years.

Also in this time he played solo cornet with Dr Harry Mortimer’s All Star Brass Band of Great Britain and concerts with such eminent conductors as Sir Malcolm Sargent, Sir Adrian Boult and Sit Arthur Bliss Master of the Queen’s Music.

Later he played solo cornet with Black Dyke Mills Band under Jack Emmott.

Derick, who has an Associate Diploma at the London College of Music, has lived in Ludford for the past fifteen years and is employed as peripatetic brass teacher for the Louth Division of Lincolnshire Education Department, having gained a certificate of Education at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln and a Bachelor of Education Degree at Humberside College of Further Education.

Along with colleague Peter Clark he was responsible for the formation of the Lincolnshire Youth Training Band and was its Musical Director from inception in 1977 until 1986.#

Market Rasen Band has a few vacancies and both old and new members would be welcome.

A number of concerts are planned and there are engagements to be undertaken the next being for the British Legion in Horncastle on Sunday, April 23.’

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