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Lyndon Baglin honoured for seven decades of service

Friday 20 December, 2019

Euphonium legend Lyndon Baglin has been recognised by Lydbrook Band for 70 years of involvement in the brass band movement. 

The renowned performer was presented with a certificate marking the milestone at Lydbrook’s recent Christmas concert, at which he was playing. 

Born at Berry Hill in the Forest of Dean in 1937, Lyndon first joined Lydbrook Band as a cornet player in 1949. He stayed with the band until 1960, apart from a couple of years when his family moved to Stroud. 

In 1961, he was invited to become the solo euphonium of the CWS Manchester Band under Alex Mortimer and during the following 12 months, the band became national champion and Lyndon became the champion soloist of Great Britain. 

Work commitments saw him move around the country. He was one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors of Factories and in 1963 he came back south and again played with Lydbrook Band before moving north to play with Black Dyke Mills Band, moving on to Brighouse and Rastrick Band in 1968. That year it became champion band of Great Britain, world champion and won BBC Band of the Year.

Lyndon returned south where he was instrumental in the success of the Stanshawe Band in Bristol, later known as Sun Life Stanshawe Band - in 1990 it became British Open champion. 

Lyndon’s conducting career saw him accept the position of musical director of Lydbrook Band in 1979. Then a Third Section band, Lyndon said at the first AGM he was going to make Lydbrook a Championship Section band and eight years later, he achieved it.  

In 1970 he was awarded the Insignia of Honour at the Royal Albert Hall and in 2018, he was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to brass band music. 

A spokesperson for Lydbrook Band said: “It was great to help Lyndon mark his 70th year in brass banding; what a wonderful achievement. During his tenure as conductor of Lydbrook Band he moved the band forward, not only in playing standard, but in outlook and ambition. He has been supported through all this by his wife, Val, and his son, Stuart, who now plays with the world famous Foden’s Band. 

“The word legend is often over-used but Lyndon is indeed one. His euphonium playing has been admired around the world for over 50 years and he’s still playing well.”