65 years for Ivor

Presentation to euphonium player Ivor Smith by March Brass 2000 in St John's Road church hall on Monday evening.

Presentation to euphonium player Ivor Smith by March Brass 2000 in St John's Road church hall on Monday evening.

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A March Brass 2000 member has marked his 65th anniversary with the group.

Ivor Smith joined the March Railway Silver Band in 1948, at the age of 13, playing the cornet, and has seen many changes, including a new name and different music.

Ivor has played under 17 different conductors and has played four instruments – the cornet, tenor horn, baritone and the euphonium, which he says is his favourite.

He said there is a lovely group of people in the band and he hoped the young people would continue on the legacy of the brass band. And as for Ivor, he said he will carry on as long as he can, even if it means playing the triangle.

The group had a commemorative plate painted specially for Ivor and it was presented to him at a recent meeting.

Louise Tombleson, from March Brass 2000, said: “Ivor is a lovely character and has helped lots of children over the years in beginner brass, as well as covering nearly every job available in the band over the years.”