From Queen Victoria to the 21st Century
The Market Rasen Band, formally the Market Rasen Town Band can be traced back as far as the Victorian era and has stood the test of time bringing the joy and warmth of brass band music to an ever changing audience. With the onset of the Second World War the Band, like so many others, ceased activities but was reformed some years later with the help and generosity of the people of Market Rasen and businesses in the surrounding area.
Since its reformation the now Market Rasen Band has performed locally, nationally and internationally with concerts and competition success within the UK as well as television appearances and radio broadcasts. With one original member from this time in the guise of their President, octogenarian Nick Hall and many other players with a long service record, parents and children, brothers and sisters, The Market Rasen Band has a strong community ethos. Market Rasen was twinned with Mamers in the North Western France region of Pays-de-la-Loire and the Band regularly visited the area and has been privileged to have been asked to join the Musique de Saint Vincent Des Près carnival procession, Fêtè Des Oeufs Durs in Le Mans.
Our Musical Directors Profile
David began his brass band career in his home town of Chesterfield where, as a 12 year old, he joined the Ireland Colliery Band. Starting on BBb Bass, he went on to play several instruments eventually settling on percussion. He remained with Ireland Colliery until he was 20 when he left to join championship section band Rhodian Brass.
Work took David to South Lincolnshire in 1993 and after a few years making the 180 mile round trip to rehearsals and concerts, he decided to continue his playing (and by this time, some conducting) in and around Lincolnshire playing with, amongst others, Stamford Brass and Foss Dyke Bands whilst frequently standing in to conduct the Lincolnshire Hospitals Band, Banovallum Brass and Market Rasen Band.
In recent years his playing career as a percussionist continued to include The Ransome Band, Thoresby Colliery Band, Nottingham Philharmonic Orchestra, Sheffield Symphony Orchestra, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Nottingham Choral Trust and several other groups and orchestras across the Midlands.
In terms of his day job, David is Head of Funeral Services for Lincolnshire Co-operative. He is married to Helen with three sons and they are all Sheffield Wednesday season ticket holders – grounds for child cruelty charges some might say!