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Trombone-Dessie Bell

I was born in Dungannon in September,1942 I was educated in Belfast, ending at Belfast Collage of Art, as an apprentice Compositor and a pupil Director in the printing trade. I started my music career on trombone at the age of 11 in St. Thomas’ Silver Band on the Lisburn Road in Belfast, under the Direction of Mr A. E. Bell  He took the band from the second section to the championship section. At the age of 14 I was promoted to solo trombone.  In the late 50’s and early 60’s I played with the Irish show bands after a few years I retired because of work commitments taking over control of the family business in my early 20’s. In the mid 60’s I was asked to play in the Agnes Street Band for over a period of 32 years starting 2nd trombone after 6 months solo trombone and then bass trombone for The highlight of my musical career was to play in contests in Bellevue Manchester. Tetley, Leeds Town Hall and two Europeans top section contest in Cardiff and Nottingham plus 3 series of B.B.C. Television shows ‘’Star Brass’’ and accompanying Derek Southcott, Gordon Higginbottom, Phillip McCann and the Great Don Lusher. After a break of many years I attended a rehearsal of Just Brass, this band restored my interest in Brass Bands it was fun to play in and the members really made me welcome. Today I play in the Belfast Jazz Orchestra, Queen’s University Brass Band Belfast and J. B. Brass Band in Spain.    

 

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