Les Maw BEM 1923 – 2014
It is with great sadness that Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band have to
report the loss of our longtime friend and mentor Leslie Maw. Les passed
away peacefully at home on Tuesday 20th May 2014 whilst listening to
In those early years Les had the vision and recognised the need to create a junior band to encourage youngsters to play brass instruments. Through his drive and motivation he trained youngsters from scratch and formed a successful junior band. Les was a great inspirational teacher, a competent cornet player, trombonist and percussionist. In the early 1980’s the band reached its highest ranking under Les’ leadership. When performing the controversial test piece “Images” in 1983, the band came third at the regional contest. Despite great celebrations by the band on the day it had actually narrowly missed out on a trip to the Royal Albert Hall for the top section finals of the National Brass Band Championship.
After thirty six years Les finally retired as Bandmaster in 1988 but continued to teach players, young and not so young, and was still giving lessons to a few players up until the last week of his life. His vision all those years ago continues today.
was a fitting tribute that on his retirement he was awarded the British
Empire Medal in recognition of his long and devoted service. To mark
his retirement the Band made an amendment to its constitution to create
the post of Musical Director, a position that he held until, at his
request, he retired from the post in 2005.
Les had remained active throughout his life, he was passionate about the band and attended almost every concert, his enthusiasm and appetite for banding never waned and even of late he could still be found at the bandroom at most senior band rehearsals.
Thank you Les.
The Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band remains your lasting and ever grateful legacy.
John Woodward on behalf of Kirkbymoorside Town Brass Band