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Life of Bryan link re-connected by Grimethorpe

A wonderful link to Grimethorpe's past has been re-connected with the appointment of their new assistant librarian.

Kim Ward


Kim Ward, daughter of legendary tenor horn soloist Bryan Smith has joined Grimethorpe Colliery as their newly appointed assistant librarian.

Although steeped in brass banding through her late father's association with the Yorkshire outfit, Kim never learned a brass instrument (she played clarinet instead!) but always wanted to make her own link with them.


Now that has happened, with Kim telling 4BR: "I wish my Dad could see me now — he'd be so proud."

Band Librarian Jon Beaumont (pictured above with Kim) added: "We are so busy with over 40 concerts booked for 2016 alone that as well as recording and contests I need someone to assist me with the day to day working of our huge library. Kim's the perfect person to do just that!"

I wish my Dad could see me now — he'd be so proudKim Ward


Musical Director Bob Childs was also delighted that another link to Grimethorpe's proud history has been reconnected.

"'I played in Grimethorpe when Bryan was on solo horn. He was a wonderful player with a glorious sound — and was such a character.

I'm sure Kim will be a great asset to us and I know that her 13 year old son Brandon has also got his cornet sights set on a position in the band too — so I'm sure Bryan would be delighted by that as well."


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Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

Dave Collins

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