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.
Jeff Hutchinson - 2nd Euphonium
I was brought up in Bradford, within earshot of Black Dyke Mills and first learned the
euphonium at school, aged 11. This was not a positive choice, but the result of being at the
back of the queue when instruments were distributed! When I was 16 my mind turned to
much more hedonistic activites and I only returned to the euphonium on my retirement, when
my family bought me an instrument. I joined Honiton Band fearful that I would be out of my
depth and held up to ridicule. My fears proved utterly groundless and the enjoyment, both
musical and social, is immense. I was once told by a very good musician that the best way to
learn is to sit next to a better player and in this band there are over twenty of these, so the
opportunities to develop my playng and my confidence are innumerable.