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Passing of Gordon Langford

Wednesday 19 April, 2017

British Bandsman has been informed of the death of Gordon Langford, whose groundbreaking arrangements and compositions in the 1960s, 70s and 80s were largely responsible for bringing brass band music to new mainstream audiences.

Born as Gordon Colman in 1930, Langford enjoyed a rich and varied musical life, including studies at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal Artillery Band, before spending a career as one of the most sought-after session musicians and arrangers. 

His first brass band arrangements appeared during the 1960s and for many years during the 1970s and 80s there was hardly a band concert took place anywhere without at least one of his many arrangements of folk music.

A full tribute and funeral details will follow.