John Field, the band chairman, has been a member of the Breckland Brass Band since
the band was formed in 1951. As well as carrying out the duties of chairman he is
also the mainstay of the bass section playing Bb bass which he has done for the past
49 years, man and boy so to speak.
David Goodwin is the present conductor of the band and apart from two years, when
he wanted to get his lip back (he says), has conducted for the last thirty one years.
Starting on Eb horn as long ago as 1957, he transferred to Bb cornet a year later
and has been playing cornet ever since. As a member of the Fleet Air Arm he was
picked to play a part in the Fleet Air Arm Volunteer Band which was a contesting
band stationed at Arbroath in Scotland and played under the baton of the great, late,
Walter Hargreaves, an experience he will never forget as the band progressed from
"C" section to Championship section in five years. Unfortunately, having reached
such an exalted position the band was disbanded and never played again.