|Detail taken from Lena Scholes' Scrapbook : October 1971. (Probably reproduced from 'British Bandsman')
Spotlight on Service - William Scholes
Today's worthy recipient of the 'Baton of Honour', awarded annually to a musician who has given outstanding service to brass bands, is the popular William Scholes, of Rushden, Northants.
Throughout an eventful career, rooted firmly in the Salvation Army, 'Bill' Scholes has brought a sincere and practical approach to his music-making. As conductor, adjudicator and composer, he has worked at all levels and has earned the respect of bandsmen everywhere. His long association with Rushden Temperance Band, and recent successes at Kibworth will be remembered by many. But it is perhaps by the patient and unostentatious direction of bands outside the championship category that the true quality of his con-tribution is fully revealed.
We join the thousands of friends and colleagues who today applaud this timely demonstration of gratitude for a life of dedicated service.
William Scholes appears in the Spotlight on Service
In the interlude between the last of the National Championship Contest performances and the commencement of the World Championship proceedings, a leading figure in the brass band sphere will be featured in the impressive 'Spotlight on Service' Ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall on 9 October. That personality will be William Scholes. He is to be presented with a Baton of Honour by Dr. Robert Simpson, composer of the work which has been set as the test-piece for the World Championship.
'Bill' Scholes was born in 1905 at Rushden, Northamptonshire. His interest in music was evident at a very early age. The local Salvation Army Hall was in close proximity to his home and at twelve years of age he became involved in its activities. This interest continues to be an active influence in his life. He was trained to play the comet by Bandmaster Harry Giles and his proficiency reached the standard that at the age of 16 he was appointed Singing Company Leader, later Songster Leader. The fact that he held this position for 24 years, has, no doubt, bearing on the 'choral sound' reflected in his brass band playing.
His eagerness to improve his appreciation of, and his capacity to assess, his broadening interest in music led to him teaming up with his contemporary Tom Giles, of I.S.B. fame in the early years of 1930. In 1940 he was receiving instruction in harmony from George Marshall. He then commenced to study under the guidance and tutorial influence of the late Frank Wright at the Guildhall School of Music. In 1945 he gained the diploma of L.G.S.M. with honours. This was followed in 1946 with the diploma of B.B.C.M.
In 1947 he became Conductor of Rushden Temperance Band. This fruitful and progressive association continued for 14 years. In addition, he was active in preparing other bands' for their qualifying events for the National Championships. His valuable work in steering the Kibworth Band from Third Section to Championship status during the years 1963-65 is an accomplishment of which he is rightly proud.
Bill Scholes is a staunch believer in the potentialities of bands in the 'lower' Sections. He is professional Conductor of Towester Studio Band and is constantly in demand for coaching duties by enterprising bands anxious to make progress.
During recent years he has greatly enhanced his reputation as an astute, factual and discerning adjudicator. He is also building up his ability as a composer and has had several choral pieces. marches, trombone solos and cornet duets accepted for publication.
Bill Scholes has made a tremendous contribution to the many facets of the Brass Band Movement and we are grateful for his devotion and long period of service on behalf of our Brass Bands in general.