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Sudden passing of David Morris

Tuesday 31 October, 2017

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death on Sunday 29 October of David Morris, the very well-known and popular musician who was actively involved in the brass band scene in the Midlands and Yorkshire. Dave was Musical Director of the Woodhouse Prize Silver Band, cornet player with Chapeltown Silver Prize Band and a very talented photographer and recording engineer who worked tirelessly as a key member of the volunteer team for Bolsover Festival of Brass and Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School for nine years. He also worked on other projects with Carole Crompton including projects with the Hallé Orchestra, Foden’s Band and Black Dyke Band. More recently Dave also took on photography with Black Dyke Band and Wychavon Festival of Brass.

Dave was a founder member of the Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School and from day one was heavily involved in its planning and organisation and led on social activities on the course including taking delegates on the narrow boat trip along the Chesterfield Canal, which he organised each year. Dave worked tirelessly on the development of the Summer School and had recently created its new website.
Dave was always quick to admit that, having worked with brass bands for many years, photography and recording was his way of expanding his interests and giving something back to the community he got so much enjoyment from over the years. He was a very popular figure as photographer within the local band contest scene and his photos, through his website ‘Brass Snaps’, were shared throughout Facebook by thousands of banding musicians.

He played a variety of instruments to one level or another: violin, recorder, cornet but he was most proud of achieving grade 8 on piano having started lessons again in his late 40s.
Dave was very well known in the Yorkshire and Midland brass band scene for his support to the banding movement and spent most of his weekends banding in one shape or another with his son, Daniel, a very talented euphonium
player with Chapeltown Band, who he took pride in supporting throughout Dan’s musical development. In addition to his musical activities he was also a Trustee of the Chesterfield Canal Trust and a RYA certified training instructor. It may come as a surprise to many people that he also had time for a full time job as an IT Manager.

Commenting on behalf of Bolsover Festival of Brass and Bolsover International Brass Band Summer School, Carole Crompton said, “We are totally shocked and saddened at the news of Dave’s passing. He will be sorely missed and irreplaceable to us in his various roles within our team. He was the most enthusiastic supporter of the banding movement and his talents and personality will be greatly missed by everyone. As a personal friend you could not ask for anyone more loyal or supporting than Dave and I will personally miss him on so many levels.”

Another announcement will be made shortly once we know his funeral arrangements. Dave is survived by his wife Caroline and son Daniel, his mother Doreen and sister Allison.

Carole Crompton