Dave started playing cornet at the age of 11 for Chinnor Silver Band before joining City of Oxford Band on Euphonium. He also played for Ercol Band and later with Kidlington Concert Brass.
Concerts with Dave at the front were never dull! Often with a theme, the band hosted many events from Big Band style ‘Swing’s the Thing’, ‘Last Night of the Prom’s, Watlington’s Oktoberfest, and the Spanish – ‘Viva la Musica’ showing the versatility of the band and Dave’s leadership. However, Dave is the only conductor to have to ask the audience for a belt when his trousers fell down during a concert!
The band have become an integral part of Watlington and the local events during Dave’s time as conductor, supporting the RBL annual Remembrance Parade and concerts, the WBA events in the High Street and the traditional Christmas Eve carols.
Earlier this year, Dave made the difficult decision to retire as Conductor and to ‘hand over the baton’ to a new leader who could continue his good work and develop the band further.