Saturday 26 March 2011- Concert: Jack DwanJack 2011

Wilton Royal British Legion Band recently paid tribute to their eldest player Jack Dwan, by staging a Concert in his honour.

Jack, at 94 years of age has played the cornet in the Band for over 65 years.

In a well - attended Concert held in The Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton, the band of over 30 members played an entertaining repertoire that reflected the sea faring nature of Jack Dwan’s life.

Jack started his musical career at the age of 7, being the youngest member of Ross on Wye Town Band.

Aged 14, his talents on the cornet, led him to join the Royal Marine School of Music at Deal and during the Second World War he served as a Royal Marine Bandsman.

During the war, one of his ships, HMS Southampton was sunk but Jack managed to escape across the deck of another vessel without getting his feet wet. He did however manage to save his favourite cornet mouthpiece, which was in his pocket and he still uses it to this day.

After the War, Jack performed in many local dance bands; he also played for The Salisbury City Silver Band before becoming a prominent member of Wilton Royal British Legion Band.

On the Friday before the event, ITV Meridian filmed the band in rehearsal for the concert and broadcast this along with an interview with Jack.

To salute and show respect to a comrade, a contingent from HM Royal Marine Corps of Drums performed a scintillating marching display and The County Ceremonial Officer of The Royal British Legion brought four Legion Standard Bearers to add to the occasion.

All proceeds from the evening were donated to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

You can view the photographs in the Gallery section.

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