Solo Cornet-Ian Gibson
Ian began playing at seven years of age with Boarshurst Band of Greenfield.
Taught by his father George, who was a brass teacher with Oldham Education
Authority for 35 years, Ian soon made great strides and was invited to join
Wingates Temperance Band in 1965.
In 1967 he joined Dobcross as Principal Cornet and played with them until
1981, during which time the band progressed from rock bottom in the fourth
section to championship section. Ian claims to be not only Jim Shepherd's first
pupil, but probably his worst.
Among the brass band fraternity Ian is nearly as famous as Lyndon Baglin and
Brian Evans. He is known not only for his cornet expertise, but also for the fact
that for many years he was landlord of the Bandsman's pub that he created,
"The Navigation Inn".
Ian moved to Spain with his wife Sandra, who plays tenor horn, in 1999. He is
Principal Cornet and Chairman of Just Brass.