Angus Holden

Angus Holden was our professional conductor in the first years of the 20th century. He and his contemporaries, Alexander Owen,John Gladney (who also conducted Luton Red Cross at the British Open Contest in the last years of 19th century, gaining a 6th place in 1897) and Edwin Swift, conducted many bands in the years up to the First World War. The table below shows some of the bands Mr Holden conducted and his record at the National Championships

William Halliwell

Mr Halliwell was a giant of the brass band world with a considerable string of contest successes to his credit.  He was conductor of the National Champion Band nine times between 1910 and 1928.  When he won the 'Nationals' with Luton in 1923Mr Halliwell had conducted 6 bands on the day - and 5 of them were placed in the top 6. As I've said before - this was quite an achievement......without a car..!!!

Fred Mortimer 1880 - 1953

Fred, I am proud to say, was Bandmaster at Luton from 1910 - 1924, according to his son's, Harry Mortimer, biography. Born 22nd November 1880 (St.Cecilia's day - the Patron Saint of music - how cool is that!), he learnt to conduct with his left hand, so he could still play his Cornet with the other! It was his hard work and training that culminated with us winning the National title in 1923. This photograph is edited from the group picture taken with the '1000 Guinea Trophy in Wardown Park, Luton, outside what is now the town museum.

Ted Carter 

Ted Carter, who, apparently, 'chucked' his Flugel from the train when we won the Nationals in 1923 - something some of us can only dream about - throwing the Flugel that is...NOT winning the Nationals!!  He returned to playing the Cornet and became Bandmaster at Luton in the late 1920's.

 Albert Coupe M.B.E.

Albert Coupe was born in Kirkby, near Mansfield. He joined Lutonin 1921, taking part in the great win of 1923 - playing Repiano cornet. He was a close friend of Harry Mortimer, even lodging with the Mortimer family for a short while. He became a professional musician in the London theatres, before returning to Luton. He was appointed our M.D. in 1942, although some sources say 1938, and did not retire until 1975 - that amount of time spent with one band does not happen very often nowadays! He was awarded the M.B.E. for his service to the local Motor Industry (he would be horrified to learn of what has now happened to Vauxhalls in Luton) and in 1971 he was presented with the Iles medal (given by the Worshipful Company of Musicians) for his services to Brass Bands. Sadly, he passed away in 1981.

Major George Wilkcocks. It shows Major Wilcocksrehearsing the band some time in the 1950's and probably at the 'Crown & Anchor' pub in Bridge Street, Luton.

The Major is 'more' famous for conducting the Black Dyke Mills Band - for whom he composed the march 'The Champions'.

 Professor Walter Hargreaves (the 'Wee Professor').

Walter Hargreaves, most famously associated with the (Sun Life) Stanshawe Band (see the link below), conducted Luton at the Area Contest in Watford Town Hall, March 16th. Journey Into Freedom by Eric Ball was the set piece for theChampionship Section.. and the results:

1st. Hendon Band, conductor Don Morrison, 193 points 

2nd. Morris Concert, conductor Walter Rees, 192 points 

3rd. Luton Band, conductor Walter Hargreaves, 191 points 

4th. Hanwell, conductor 

 Lyn Morgan.

Lyn began playing with the Ystalyfera Public Band, whilst there he won first prize at the National Eisteddfod (Senior Section), playing the Tenor Horn. In 1962 he joined the RAF, as a musician and in 1963 was awarded the Worshipful Company of Musicians Silver Medal for being the most outstanding student of the year. He became a member of the RAF Central Band in 1965, remaining there until 1979 when he was appointed Senior Brass instructor at the RAF School of Music. Lyn was first appointed MD at Luton in 1976 (as Albert Coupe's successor) and steered the Luton Band to being Southern Area Champions in 1980. This lead to an appearance on 'BBC TV's 'Best of Brass'. He left to pursue other conducting interests - notably the Ever Ready Band, but returned to Luton in 1988. He left again in the early 1990's, due to work commitments. 

Dave Baron

Both these pictures of Dave were taken in his Tenor Horn playing days with the Luton Band. The first one was taken, probably, in the 1960's and the second in 1973.  He conducted the Band between Lyn Morgan's tenure before moving on to the Welwyn Garden City Band. 

Steve Foggin

He went on to conduct the British Airways Band and the Hosier & Dickinson (Watford Band). Steve played Trumpet and Percussion in the Scots Guards. On leaving the military life he went to work for Boosey & Hawkes, before taking up a teaching post in the Faroe Islands.

Terry Brotherhood

Terry conducted the band in 1996. We needed to do well at our 'Area' of that year to avoid the drop! It worked because we came a very credible 3rd - the test-piece was Spectrum by Gilbert Vinter. Unfortunately, traveling from Oxford to rehearsals, at the time, proved too much for Terry and he left us to conduct his local Band STONESFIELD SILVER. He came back to give us a much needed 'lift' in 2002. We came 13th and ensured our survival in the 1st section for another year. However, Stonesfield gained promotion to the 1st section for 2003 and Terry felt that this would cause a conflict of interest, so, being the gentleman that he is, he decided to concentrate on his own 'local' band. 

Phillip Littlemore

Our 'MD', 1997 - 1999

Phil hails from the South Cheshire town of Sandbach. He started cornet lessons in 1976 with Alan Brotherston (then Principal Cornet of Foden's Motor Works Band). His 'banding' started with the local Boy's Brigade before moving on to Middlewich Town Band becoming their Principal Cornet in 1979. Growing up in the shadow of one of the worlds most famous Brass Bands, Phil always aspired to joining Fodens - which he did in 1981. With Fodens, he took part in a Royal Command Performance (1983) and played with Harry Mortimer's 'Men 'O' Brass' - the youngest ever player to do so. In 1985, he went to study Trumpet at the Guildhall, London, where his tutors were Paul Cosh & Rod Franks. Whilst at college Phil played with Hanwell and Regent Brass, before becoming Principal Cornet and Bandmaster at London Electricity Redbridge Band. Upon leaving college he became a Product Manager for Boosey & Hawkes. 

Although he 'retired' from regular playing in 1992, Phil played with the BNFL Band (now known as JJB Sports Leyland) from 1993 - 1996, a 200 mile round trip from North London!!  Phil's notable contest successes include a National Final appearance with Brent Brass (4th Section) and a 1st prize with Luton at the 1997 Aylesbury contest - our first win in 10 years! Phil went on to become MD at Regent Brass, a position he relinquished in December 2001.  He is married with two sons. Phil's Dad is Alan Littlemore who also played for Foden's and is now Band Manager of the JJB Sports Leyland Band. Alan also contributes to 'Brass Band World'....