Waterbeach Brass

A fun and friendly second section band in Cambridgeshire

Band President - David Read MBE FTCL FLCM LRAM

28 September 1933 - 27 June 2024
In loving memory

David was born in South Wales and the family soon moved to the South Yorkshire village of Askern, where at the age of 9 he joined the brass band on cornet. David was then invited to became a member of the Carlton Main Frickley Band.   From Carlton Main he joined Munn and Feltons Band, later known as the GUS Footwear Band, in due course becoming their Principal Solo Cornet Player.  During his time with them the band won four National Championships and a World Championship at the Royal Albert Hall.

In fact David played in the Championship Section of the National Finals on an incredible 26 occasions (twenty-one consecutively).  He was the Assistant Principal Solo Cornet Player of the Virtuosi Band of Great Britain, and a member of the Kings of Brass.  Three times Champion Cornet Player of Great Britain, and once outright Solo Champion, David ensured his place as one of Britain's best cornet players.

David concentrated his efforts on teaching and was for many years the Senior Instrumental Teacher for the Cambridge Area Education Authority. He conducted the then Cambridge Co-operative Band for nearly fifteen years, having considerable success. These include broadcasting regularly on BBC Radio2 and Radio3, taking the band to the Championship Section Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and Championship Section Finals at Pontins Brass Band Festival, winning the Southern Counties Championship in Folkestone and appearing on BBC Television ‘Best of Brass’ series.

David was vastly experienced as an adjudicator, and as such was invited to adjudicate at all the major band contests and festivals throughout Europe. In 1983 he was honoured by the Worshipful Company of Musicians who presented him the Iles medal in recognition of his outstanding services to Brass Bands and in 1996 he received the English Master's Dedicated Service Award. David was awarded the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to brass band music. Upon its formation, David was appointed chair of the executive committee of the Association of Brass Band Adjudicators.

David was an enthusiastic and active supporter of Waterbeach Brass throughout his life, and was instrumental in the formation of the band back in 1978. Many of the band's past and present members have been taught by David. In our preparation for contests, David would attend a rehearsal to coach us and offer his insights into our test piece performance preparations. We were deeply saddened to learn of David's passing and he will be hugely missed by us, not only as our long serving President, but also as a personal friend.

4Barsrest have published an article that describes many of David's musical achievements during his life which was dedicated to music:
David Read MBE