12 March 2023
Malcolm no longer in the middle
The Harrogate Band and wider brass band community recently wished Malcolm Sexton a happy retirement who at the age of 86, has decided to take a step back from regular banding. Malcolm started playing at the age of 8 and a distinguished career as a cornet player saw him playing for many Salvation Army bands and the Royal Air Force, later holding the principal cornet seat with the Otley Brass Band for many years. Malcolm recalled performing Resurgam
under the baton of Eric Ball "He was a fine conductor and one of the kindest men you could meet".
Malcolm was delighted to join the Harrogate Band in January 2023 and for the first time in his career, performed as a registered player at an area contest having never held a registration card! Much to the bands delight, Malcolm's contributions secured a 2" place finish in the North of England areas.
Band Chair, Simon Lancaster-Brown commented "Malcolm is a fine cornet player and we're delighted that he joined us. His impact on the world of brass banding cannot be underestimated over the last 80 years and he has inspired and mentored so many young players".
While Malcolm has chosen to take a step back from regular playing, he has already been told by his wife to ensure he keeps up practising for a least an hour a day to get out of the way! Malcolm's son, David will take over the family reigns, occupying the second man down position at the Harrogate Band.