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Remembering a banding legend

Monday 1 February, 2021

January 2021 brought the sad news of the death of James Scott, an iconic figure in the brass band world and someone who was hugely respected as a performer, conductor and adjudicator.

With the help of Tim Mutum and Chris Helme, British Bandsman looks back on a life well-lived, including interviews with the man himself.


It was as a young boy that James Scott caught the music bug. His father Archie was a miner who lived in Farnworth, near Bolton, and played for Besses ‘o ‘th Barn Band. Childhood days were often spent walking the eight miles to Besses’ bandroom with his dad, where James would sit on a wicker basket. In 1932, aged seven, his father took him to a department store where Besses was playing for a week.

James saw Enoch Jackson on principal cornet and Bert Sullivan on principal euphonium. His father sat him on the front row and when Jackson played a solo, playing without music and acting the showman by moving from the centre to one side and then the other at each tutti, he made such an impression on Jim that there and then, he decided he wanted to play the cornet.


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