1957 - 2014
David John Turner grew up in Badsey, near Evesham and began his banding career when he joined the school band at Blackminster School.
His first senior band was Avonbank Band before he joined the Army and served in the band of the Queens Own Hussars. When he left the military he spent a number of years working on the cruise ships taking his trombone around both the Caribbean the Pacific and even up to Alaska. Return to the UK found David playing for a number of well known bands including Flowers, Yorkley Onward and Thornbury.
David joined Shipston Band when he played for his brother Ian’s wedding and stayed on to fill-in during the period that Ian was away on honeymoon and this turned into a much longer stay than he had planned as he remained, apart from a short break when he played for Rolls Royce Coventry up until his death. He became a member of Stour Concert Brass in 2001 and along with Sandra Butt and Richard Barker formed a trombone section which gelled in every sense of the word. David was featured regularly as a soloist at concerts normally followed by a trombone trio and recently David had brought a lot of pleasure to audiences and band alike with his hilarious treatment of the old favourite THE ACROBAT. Within the band he was always very supportive of our younger members being prepared to offer help encouragement and advice. Our newest member young trombonist Hector Banks has just joined from Juniors and he was welcomed by David who was readily offering help on technique and sound.
David just loved playing his trombone and had recently purchased a new Rath trombone and he was so pleased with it that he gave the impression he wanted to play all the time. Frequently he arrived early on rehearsal night and would enjoy a period of private practice before the rehearsal began. He played in a number of local swing bands, a blues band and would also be found playing in concert orchestras and also for local musical productions. Local bands could always ring up for his help and on the day of his death he had helped Bretforton Band out at Evesham Bandstand and was planning to help Avonbank Band at Weston-super-Mare Contest the following weekend. Truly a case of have trombone will travel.
David had many other interests apart from band and loved motor sports, running and was a big supporter of the Tracey Sollis Trust for whom he served as a trustee and ran the London Marathon finishing in under 4 hours. In conjunction with this Stour Concert Brass gave a very successful concert in Shipston to raise additional funds.
There is more to a band than the music it performs. Concert Brass has a real family atmosphere and it was very noticeable that a dozen senior members of the band took the opportunity to meet at the band hall on the day we learned of David’s death to reflect and to console one another. Many like David had been members for many years. It goes without saying that David will be greatly missed by every one of us from the youngest to the most senior and our sympathies go out to his father Fred, Ian and Sarah and the rest of the extended family.
David’s funeral took place at midday on Tuesday, June 10th at St. James’ Church, Badsey, Worcestershire. The music was provided by a composite band which apart from members of Stour Concert Brass and Shipston Town Band contained representatives from Alcester Victoria, Audley, Avonbank, Bollington, Bretforton, Phoenix West Midlands, Stourport and members of the blues band and pit orchestras that David also played for. The band was conducted by Dave Lea of The Jaguar Land-Rover Band. The eulogy presented by David’s brother Paul recounted his childhood in Badsey, his musical beginnings with Blackminster School Band, his military music service, his time playing on cruise ships, the various bands he played for, his love of motor sport and running and his work for the Tracey Sollis Trust. The church was absolutely full and all were in agreement that David had been given the wonderful musical send off he deserved. After cremation in Cheltenham David’s friends and family met to reminisce at the Prescott Hill Climb Centre near Cheltenham. David Birch 18/06/2014
David in the Stour Concert uniform doing what he did so well and loved best . . .
David with percussionist Amy Mathews at Christmas carol venue . . .
The Stour Concert trombone team -
Richard Barker, Sandra Butt and Dave . . .
The Shipston Town Band trombone team -
Marshall Faisey, Josh Bonner and Dave . . .
Dave (top right) at brother Ian’s wedding
with an earlier Shipston Town Band . . .
Dave once again with his close friends Richard and Sandra at a Stour Concert engagement . . .
One of Dave’s other passions - motorcycles . . .
One of Dave’s other interests marathon running, this pic sees having complete The Run For Life, with Stour Concert in the Background . . .
David plays The Acrobat
at a Stour Concert Concert
in Bearley earlier this year . . .