Aubrey Crowe – 1st Baritone

Aubrey began playing in 1952/53 by the way of his Father’s home instruction (a BBb bass player, who’s own father had been a euphonium player in Brierley Hill Town Band).  This early start followed bu individual tuition from Samuel Bushell, the conductor of Quarry Bank Silver Band, an industrial village in Staffordshire-part of the Black Country.

Aubrey entered the band in 1954 on lower cornet, then repiano, followed by soprano cornet, at 4th section grading.  Around 1961 Aubrey also played with Lench’s Excelsior Works Band (non-contesting), in addition to joining the Band of the 7th. Bttn. Worcestershire Regt.(TA) at Kiddemisnter on cornet/trumpet.  This band also transformed into a full dance band, which for Aubrey was a very exciting experience.

In 1962 Aubrey was invited to join the 2nd section West Bromich Borough Band, just in time to help qualify for the National Finals in Kensington Town Hall, then onto the Grand Shield (1963) and British Open 1065, playing back row cornet.  The professional trainer was Albert Chappell of Coventry.  After a gap of around 20 years, and living in North Tyneside for ten years, Aubrey felt the urge to play again, and joined Backworth Colliers Band in 1990, which was just a few miles from his house.  The baritone player at the time (Lindsey), had just left to join Ovington Band, so a baritone was thrust into Aubrey’s arms to try.  Billy English took up the baton soon after that.