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Former town band man plays key part in major contest

A man who played in Workington’s former town band is chief supervisor at the National Band Championships in Australia.

BRASS MAN: Peter Younghusband played in Workington’s town band

Peter Younghusband, 45, formally of Corporation Road, has been asked to referee 40 bands from Australia at this week’s competition in Perth.

There are 1,500 performers at the competition.

He will be joined by his old mentor Richard Evans, of Cumbria Youth Band, who will act as chief adjudicator.

Mr Younghusband, who played trombone and bass trombone in the band from 1980 to 1985, said: “Workington Town Band was a family. I was fortunate to be part of such a terrific group in my youth.

“I learned many things, not only about music and bands but life skills in general.

“Over 30 years on I still keep in touch with some people from the band.

“The nationals are the biggest event in the brass band calendar here in Australia.

“It will be fantastic to be a part of it in my home town for the first time in 34 years.”

Mr Younghusband was also part of a brass ensemble at Workington Grammar School formed by band conductor Gerald Gillett.

It was comprised of Ian Porthouse, Dennis and Peter Hadfield, Colin Hoodless and Nick and Lawrence Bradley.

In 1985 he was accepted into the University of Salford to study music and was also offered the position of bass trombone for Foden OTS Band.

He also played for the Leyland Band in Lancashire.

He moved to Australia in 1997 to teach music.

Over the years he has performed with musicians including INXS, David Essex and Pavarotti.

Mr Younghusband added: “I have fond memories spending many nights in the band room practising.

“I learned a lot from Joe Ireland and Gerald, who conducted the bands.”

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