It is with great sadness that the band has to
announce the death of Alan Martin. After suffering illness over
the summer, Alan passed away peacefully during the early hours
of Thursday the 16th October. One of its longest serving members
Alan has also been an indefatigable administrator for the band.
He was a band Trustee and has also been the band secretary for
Alanís love of the brass band began in his home town of Spalding
in Lincolnshire when, at the age of 8 the strains of the local
brass band attracted his attention. This interest flourished as
Alan took up the cornet somewhat to the surprise of Alanís dad
who was a trained musician and highly respected church organist.
Alan had always felt that his parents had harboured rather loftier
musical ambitions for him but, Alan had got the brass band bug,
an interest and pleasure which remained throughout his life.
Alanís work as a local authority chartered civil engineer brought
him and his young family to Pickering in 1974 whereupon Alan introduced
himself to Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band. He immediately took
up a position as one of the front row cornet team and soon threw
himself into the day to day administration of the band.
He also became an enthusiastic and long serving member for the
Yorkshire & Humberside Brass Band Committee as well representing
bands on the North of England Area Committee. He could often be
found on contest days serving as one of the backroom volunteers
who are so greatly relied upon on contest days.
In 1988, Alan along with the late Fred Bradbury, initiated the
Malton Contest. This was an entertainments contest that attracted
bands from all over the YHBBA region. The event was hotly contested
until, sadly it came an end in 2009 due to problems with the building
it was held in.
Thank's Alan for all your hard work and Click
Here for Alans History of the Band