Sunday Bandstand - A 90th Birthday Tribute to Derek Garside - 8 March 2020

Sunday Bandstand - A 90th Birthday Tribute to Derek Garside - 8 March 2020

Derek Malcolm Garside was born in 1930 the, youngest son of Percy and Florence Garside. It was not long after Derek's ninth birthday that his father asked him what he wanted to start and learn to play. This question was asked as though it was expected that he would play some kind of instrument, just as the rest of the family did. Even today, Derek still cannot recall why he gave the answer he did and was something he probably said at the time on the spur of the moment without even thinking, 'a trumpet'.

Under the tutelage of Fred Roberts at the end of 1941 or possibly early 1942 young Derek had progressed enough to join Clifton and Lightcliffe Band.

Towards the end of 1943, he re-joined his tutor Fred Roberts, only this time as a player in the cornet section of Brighouse & Rastrick.

In December 1947, at the age of seventeen, Derek was invited to be the principal cornet for the C.W.S. (Manchester) Band, under the direction of Bandmaster Fred Roberts and along with every other member of the band he too was offered employment with C.W.S.

Derek Garside then showed his virtuosity, as a soloist on almost all of the recordings the band produced and his ability as a principal cornet.

On Saturday the 20th of October 1962, the became the number one band at the Daily Herald National Brass Band Championships at the Royal Albert Hall with their musical director, Alex Mortimer, playing Frank Wright's arrangement of Verdi's 'Force of Destiny'.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Derek celebrates his 90th birthday on March 9th and on behalf of everyone at Sunday Bandstand and the everyone from the brass band world we wish him a Happy Birthday.


A much long story of Derek's life in brass banding particularly with the CWS will be appearing on my website very soon. 

Playlist 8 March 2020 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Happy Birthday from Bon Anniversaire arr: Martin Winter  Cornet Soloist Martin Winter and friends  - 2012  
County Palatine Concert March - Maurice Johnstone Auckland Metropolitan Fire Brigade Band (New Zealand) MD: Lloyd Thorne - 1960  'Grand Victory Concert' - 1960
Scherzo from Music for Brass - Denis Wright The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Eric Ball  - 1973  'The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain Vol 3 - Vinyl - 
DMG - Sam B. Wood Cornet Soloist Derek Garside with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1961  
Carnival Variations - Don Jacoby  Cornet Trio Derek Garside, Brian Cronshaw & Alan Holmes with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1962  
Force of Destiny - Verdi arr: Frank Wright CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1962  
Salut d'Amour - Sir Edward Elgar Cornet Soloist Derek M. Garside with the CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1959  'The Famous C.W.S. Manchester Band- - Vinyl - Fontana TFL5066 - 1959
Nibelungen March - Wagner  CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer -   
When Johnny Comes Marching Home - Edrich Siebert  Harry Mortimer's All-Star Brass MD: Harry Mortimer - 1963  'All Star Brass' - Vinyl - Columbia  SCX3461 - 1963
Slavonic Rhapsody No. 1 - Carl Friedmann  Kings of Brass MD: James Scott - 1995  'Down Memory Lane Vol 1' - CD - 
March of the Heralds - Horatio Nicholls (aka Lawrence Wright) CWS (Manchester) Band - MD Alex Mortimer  
Punchinello - William Rimmer Chicago Brass Band (USA) MD: Colin Holman - 2003  'Live' - CD - Recorded Live at Crystal Lake Illinois USA - February 21, 2003
Casper's Lullaby - James Horner arr: Sandy Smith  Fountain Creek Brass Band  (Now known as the Pikes Peak Brass Band) (USA) MD: Debbie Baker - 2011  'Seize the Day' - CD - Fountain Creek Recording - 2011
Trio Con Brio -  Gordon Langford Tenor Horn section feature NSK-RHP Ransome Band MD: Brian Grant -   'A Ransome Note' - CD - Plantagenet Music PMRD 9411 - 
The Viking Age - Thierry Deleruyelle Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2018  'Destination Moon' - CD De Haske Recording DHR 03-065-3 - 2018
Selection from Robin Hood - Michael Kamen  arr: Klaas van der Woude Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands)  MD: Klaas van der Woude - 1992  'Whirligig' - CD -  KRO Recording - KK.CD9204 - 1992
Londinium - Jonathan Bates  Woodfalls Band MD: Dr. Robert Childs - 2017  'United' - CD - Prima Vista Music - PVM003 - 2017
Life Divine - Cyril Jenkins  CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1959  'The Famous CWS (Manchester) Band' - Vinyl' - Fontana Recording TFL 5066 - 1959 
Northern Brass German Staff Band of the Salvation Army (Germany) BM: Henry Schmidt - 2014  'Inspirations' - CD - 2014 
First Suite in Eb Flat - 3rd mvt  Finale - Gustav Holst CWS (Manchester) Band MD: Alex Mortimer - 1963  
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke​ Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​ 'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010​

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1 comment

  • Bernard Carroll

    Bernard Carroll - Thursday, 04 June 2020

    I take it you will be mentioning in Derek's life of brass banding of the time when he first started conducting he took on the cheet ham bill band in Manchester and took them to the People National Brass Band Festival in 1966 where they won the Second Section.I was a member of that band along with my two brothers who also played in the CWS band when we won in 1962.Just thought I should mention as I have not seen this mentioned previously in Derek's acheivements.

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