Meet the Band  -   EUPHONIUM



Richard Brain - 1st Trombone

I was in veterinary practice in Honiton for many years at the New Street Veterinary Centre, working with
farm animals,
pets and horses. While already singing with the ‘Sheldon Singers’, which gave me
some knowledge of reading music, I started blowing the cornet at evening classes about 23 years ago,
which a group of us formed our own musical group. From there I joined Honiton Band on the ‘back
row’, playing
second cornet, then repiano. I played 1st Baritone, followng the retirement of Arthur Dunn
from the band and am
currently on 1st Trombone. Apart from my musical interests, I also enjoy
cycling and have cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End, staying at Youth Hostels and with
relatives. I have 3 children
(all grown up!), scattered across the country and 2 lovely granddaughters.


          Geoff Dibsdall  -  2nd Euphonium

I learnt music at Bridport Grammar School, on piano and recorder
and was taught to play euphonium at the Bridport Salvation Army, when I was 12.  I joined St Swithun’s (Bridport) Band in 1949 and due to career moves eventually played with Stone Town Band in Staffordshire for 2 years, Michelmersh (Romsey) Band, Test Valley Brass and Chelmsford Town Band.  I finally returned to the South West in 1963 where I played with both Axminster and St Swithun’s.  I moved to Honiton in 1963 and joined the then ‘Borough Band’ and have played with them ever since, except for a short spell with the Salvation Army Exeter Temple Band.  Through the years I have been active in the band and have served as Chairman, Secretary and more recently as tutor and equipment officer.  When I retired from the IBA, I also taught brass at Axminster College for short while. Banding has always been a family activity for me and continues be, with my wife Sharon on the cornet bench and my daughter Nichola joining us on trombone when she can.


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