Mr. Thomas Young, who left Rushden Temperance Band twelve months ago after conducting it for 19 years, was invited to meet his old colleagues last week.
After supping with them at the Central Cafe he found that the party was in his honour he was presented with an electric clock from the band and its supporters.
The first hint of the surprise came when Mr. Ernest Jones, for the committee greeted Mr. Young (who now conducts Rushden Mission Band) as “a very welcome guest”.
Coun. W. E. Capon, president of the “Temps”, then announced that they had met to pay tribute where tribute was due. Conductors, he said, played a very large part in band performances and not the least of conductors the Temps had had was Mr. Young.
Those who had been under his tuition knew the value of his service and the way he had interpreted the music to them. The band felt it was a privilege to express tangible appreciation.
Mr Capon presents Thomas with the clock
Confessing that he had been taken completely by surprise, Mr. Young said he came along to the supper because he still had good friends in the band. He recalled that he came to Rushden in November 1927 and found that the band, though “a bit rough”, had some good talent.
For some time, their biggest contest success was Newport Pagnell, but they won through to the championship section at Crystal Palace after entering the third section. They were “kicked out” for a couple of years, but were back again before the war.
Of the band today, Mr. Young said: “Situated as you are, and having to make your own players, you can say that plenty travel further and fare worse”.
Mr. William Scholes, L.G.S.M., B.B.C.M., the present conductor spoke of Mr. Young’s early days with St. Hilda’s Band, and praised his great work as a teacher.
During the last year, said Mr. Scholes, the band completed four radio engagements and received congratulations from many parts of the country. Their greatest moment was when the adjudicators at Westminster Central Hall said that Mr. George Sayer was the champion euphonium player. Mr. Sayer had held high the prestige of the band, and his bandmanship was as good as his playing.
Mr. Scholes confided that he did not like conducting as much as concert work. Thanking the officers and the ladies’ committee, he said the president had shown great interest in the band.