It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our much-loved Euphonium player Peter Brier. He passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday 22nd January.
Pete joined the band in 1998, having previously played with Linthwaite Band, Scapegoat Hill Brass and Huddersfield Wind Band. He spent many years with Slaithwaite Band on the Solo Euphonium chair before standing down and continuing to play 2nd Euphonium.
During his time with the Band, Pete loved performing in many local Concerts and will be fondly remembered for his fantastic Solo efforts including a special performance of ‘The Rose’ that was arranged for Pete and the Band by then Musical Director, Rob Westacott. Peter said one of his favourite Banding moments was a Remembrance Concert in Slaithwaite Church under MD Kevin Lever, that featured a lights out moment and visual presentation.
On the contest stage, Pete helped the Band achieve success with victories at Rochdale, Ripon, Pogson Bray, the Holme Valley, Brass at the Guild, and at the Yorkshire Regional Area Contests, which led to him accompanying the Band to four National Final appearances. His favourite test piece was “Rhapsodic Variations – My Strength, My Tower” and his least favourite was “Pentacle”.
As well as being a committed playing member of the Band; Pete also did a lot of work behind the scenes for both the Band and the Band Club. He kept the gardens surrounding the Band Club nice and tidy. He oversaw the weekly running of the Band’s Bonus Ball Club, which consistently raised much needed funds for the band, and also maintained an inventory of all the Band’s instruments.
Pete’s passion, enthusiasm and commitment to the Band was acknowledged when he was twice voted as the player’s Bandsman of the Year, and was also presented with the Unsung Hero Award at the Band’s awards night in 2020. Not only was Pete a true committed Bandsman, he was a kind and generous man, and a true and loyal friend to all and he will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife Jo and his family at this sad time.