We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of former Player, Conductor of 30 years, and lifelong supporter of the band, Gordon Roberts.
Father of our current conductor David, Gordon was a well known and respected figure in the brass band world. Gordon was also a loving Father to John, Kathy, Jane, and a loving Grandfather and Great-Grandfather.
Learning to play tenor horn during WW2, Gordon was taught by his Father, Martin and others.
Joining the re-formed Rothwell Temperance Band in 1941 originally on Horn then Euphonium, Gordon was an excellent player, regularly competing in solo contests alongside well known contemporaries and friends such as Gerry Nicholson, Ken Dennison, Maurice Murphy, Geoff Whitham and David Read.
Gordon was also a member of the Champion Quartet party in 1952 with Brian Cooling, Gordon Davey and Joe Portrey.
In 1952, Gordon retired from playing against advice, and began conducting the band at just 23! He stayed for next 30 years. Gordon studied under Denis Wright for his BBCM diploma in 1962.
He saw the band through thick and thin – including completely re-building the band in the mid 1960s with young players whilst winning the 4th section Yorkshire area in 1968, taking the band to the 3rd section London finals; achieving appearances in 71,73,75 and 77.
After retiring from conducting in 1982, Gordon concentrated on arranging – many of his arrangements are still played today – notably of Walton and Elgar in particular – especially the Cockaigne Overture which was premiered by Jim Watson and Black Dyke Mills Band and has been recorded by RTB.
He was very proud of his children in their achievements associated with banding, despite suffering with ill health over last decade.
Rest In Peace Gordon from all at RTB