Brian Hughes' Music


Soloing with Sixteen Men Swinging

Soloing with the "Sixteen Men Swinging"

Welcome to my website.
 I bought my first Clarinet in 1955, and a Tenor Sax soon after. It had to be a Tenor, as I was  setting up a Dance Band with some friends, two of who already had Alto and Baritone. We called our band  "The Satellites", and started  our own Club in the Manchester area, so that we could play, and invite other local bands to play there. It was called "The '57' Club", as we created it in 1957.
Two years later, I joined the Army, becoming part of the South Wales Borderers Band. (Here seen in Hong Kong)

Band SWB Hong Kong


  In 1970, I was selected to attend a three year Bandmaster's course at the Royal Military School  of Music, Kneller Hall. On completion, I was appointed WO1 Bandmaster of the "Royal Welch Fusiliers" (picture below)....
Conducting Band RWF


., and stayed with them till passing the Advanced Certificate of Bandmastership (the "psm"), and being posted to the Prince Of Wales Divisional Depot at Lichfield, to train Junior Musicians for five Regiments within that Division.
On retiring from the Army in 1983, I worked in the Headquarters of the Royal Hospital Chelsea , helping to look after the famous Chelsea Pensioners. Here, with the help of the Wefare Officer, I managed to set up the "Royal Hospital Band",  pictured below,

Pensioners' Band


(which I'm pleased to say is still going strong),  before returning to Lancashire in 2000 to concentrate on Big Band work, and conducting.

Come and see me with:-

"The Ray Gordon Band". The New Monteray Hotel, St. Annes on Sea. Every Monday starting at 8.30 pm (except for Bank Holidays)

"The Jubilee Big Band". Jubilee Club, Torrisholme (near Morecambe). Every Wednesday at 8.30pm.

"Sixteen Men Swinging". The Conservative Club, St. Annes (Practice Session) - Thursdays commencing 8pm.

"The John Towers Big Band ". The Arts Centre, Garstang (Practice Session), each Friday at 7.45pm.

John Towers Big Band Website

Also Conductor and Musical Director of the "Fylde Concert Orchestra"