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1950's Jazz Band

Thank you to Terry Curtayne (51-56F) for providing this photo of the WBS (unofficial) jazz band of 1955-6. 

Ahead of their time..
Ahead of their time..
4 Feb 2019
"We were not encouraged by the Authorities at the time as they didn’t really approve of the noise we  made, but we were given one concession, that of being allowed to use the piano in the Memorial Hall. We also made a record!

This by way of the loan of a tape recorder from a shop in Barnstaple the owner of which had a soft 78rpm disc pressed. Unfortunately we had no idea about acoustics and the end result was pretty dreadful. I assume there are no living examples of this record left; mine died very early on.

The line-up was l/r “Slash” Fry on string bass, “Whin” Godwin, who I believe, went on to play clarinet in the RAF band, “Stef” Stephenson, “Syd” Powel, (he once claimed that he had been to Australia!), “TJ” Curtayne, (I was given the option by my parents of either going to Switzerland with the school or buying the saxophone), I regret that I have forgotten the trumpeter’s name) and finally “Goofy” Anderson on piano. He was the most accomplished of us all and really quite good."

Terry Curtayne (51-56F)

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