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2017 All England Masters International Champions



Gordon Clark - Principal EEb Bass

Gordon began playing Eb bass with Portsmouth City Band at the age of 11, bass would not have been his first choice of instrument but was told “sorry son, we don’t need any cornets we’ve got just the instrument for you!”. He later moved to Southsea Band and the Southsea Junior Band which later became the hugely successful Solent Youth Concert Band.


At 14 he auditioned for and joined the National Youth Brass Band and rose through the ranks to become principal EEb bass between 1977 and 1978. Gordon continued his relationship with the NYBB as a member of the house staff in the 80s and 90s.


Gordon studied Mathematics at Southampton University and during this time was the principal EEb bass with the Woodfalls Band. After graduating and starting work he joined a local village band – Tadley. The highlights of his time there were being asked to perform in a small group for a sketch in Billy Connolly’s “Wreck On Tour” show at the London Palladium and sharing a (very precarious, temporary & narrow) platform with Joan Collins outside a 2nd floor window of Liberty’s as she turned on the Regent Street Christmas lights!



Gordon moved “up North” to marry Jane in 1988 and both joined British Telecom band. Gordon moved on to Wingates Band a couple of years later.


Work travel commitments forced Gordon to “retire” from banding in the early 90’s although he kept up his musical interests with occasional orchestral work and choral singing; latterly he took up folk mandolin - not exactly a match made in heaven with the tuba! During these years Gordon became an increasingly improbable “youth” stepping out with the Rochdale Borough Youth Band each year at the Whit Friday march contests.


A change of job meant that Gordon felt able to accept an offer to join the Milnrow Band at the beginning of 2013 a year which became a little busy as they qualified for the National Finals at the RAH (a 1st for Gordon) and won the Grand Shield.