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Frozen in Time:
James Shepherd Versatile Brass
Brisbane, Australia – 1978

James Shepherd Versatile Brass - Brisbane, Australia – 1978
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Left to Right:
James Shepherd, Colin Aspinall, Stephen Thornton, David Moore, Gordon Higginbottom, Harvey Whiteley, Ian Copland, J. Graham Walker, Derek Southcott, David Horsfield and Frank Renton

It is now 30 years since Black Dyke’s Principal Cornet left the famous band to set up his now legendary “Versatile Brass”. In all those years since, some of the finest brass players in the land have played a part in keeping the group at the very forefront of brass ensemble performing, whilst some of the most well known conductors in the business have enjoyed brief sojourns with the group as well.

To coincide with the Pearl anniversary we have been given a photograph of the group when they were in the middle of their Australian Tour of 1978. The group took in a number of towns and cities on the tour and this picture was taken in Brisbane, Queensland.

Some great players and some not so great uniforms and one Frank Renton sporting a barnet Bobby Charlton would have been proud of. We would like to know more about the players and what became of them, plus any details of the tour - so if you have any information, drop us a line……

Previous 'Frozen in Time' articles:

• No. 1: Black Dyke Mills Band 1972 - more...

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