3rd Cornet - Alan
Alan started his banding career in 1972
when, at the age of 10 he joined Flixton Band, one of two local Brass Bands (the
other being Urmston & Davyhulme which later became Trafford Band & unfortunately
disbanded in the 1990's).
In 1975 Alan was lucky enough to
have been selected as 3rd Cornet for the contesting band that competed in the
NWABBA event held at Manchester's Free Trade Hall when Flixton achieved their
first ever major success by winning the 4th Section. This was followed over the
years with successes at all levels of competition including winning the 3rd Section
at the 1990 Pontins contest by a 5 point margin, achieving 2nd place in the Second
Section at the 1992 National Finals and gaining a first place in the Championship
Section at the Preston District contest at Fleetwood in 1994.
also travelled to Denmark for a week long concert tour with Flixton Band and performed
at a number of venues including the World famous Tivoli Gardens to an audience
of over two thousand.
During his time with the band Alan
has played, with varying degrees of success, every position within the cornet
section including both Principal Cornet and Soprano & currently occupies one
of the back row positions.
Throughout his playing career
Alan has remained a member of Flixton Band, although during the early 1990s
work commitments required him to be based in Newcastle for nearly a year. During
this time he was made welcome by Billingham Silver Band and allowed to "guest"
at their rehearsals until he returned to Manchester where he still resides in