Saturday 11 June 2011 - British Bandsman Magazine : Jack Dwan
The British Bandsman Magazine Issue No. 5669 11 June 2011 included a report on how Wilton Royal British Legion Band paid tribute to their oldest member Jack Dwan, by staging a Concert in his honour.
This article was read by Mike Priscott, age 72, who realised that Jack was his teacher 60 years ago, and had introduced him to the world of brass bands, with the then Salisbury City Silver Band.
After all this time it was a real privilege for Mike to travel from Bath to meet his tutor again, and attend a band practise at Wilton, playing alongside Jack.
Not many have the opportunity to express their thanks for their early training after such a time gap.
Jack was amazed to be shown an album "Famous Cornet Solos" from Chappell's, (three shillings and sixpence), on which 60 years before, he had written comments and advice. His tuition had included stressing the importance of the need to play with feeling, not obvious at age 12.
Wilton Royal British Legion Band practise evening with Jack was most enjoyable, and Mike was assured of another warm welcome at any time.
Jack has used his gift and has helped countless musicians of varying ages over his many years as a musician. (photographs courtesy of Mike Priscott)