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A Family tradition, and something else which spans many generations, is a love of the Brass Band. Brass Bands thrived in these mining communities and musical ability was a very respected skill. Joseph Appleton born in 1849 in Haydock was a gifted musician and a Bandmaster. His oldest son William Appleton (Christine's Grandfather) born in 1872 in Rainford was a Bandmaster by the time he was 19 years old. William also played the cornet as did his brother, Albert although Albert obviously also played the Tenor Horn and Euphonium from the Photographs of Ashton in Makerfield and Taber Mine Bands.
These Photographs of Skelmersdale Old Prize Band date from 1894 and 1913 respectively. They were discovered in Melbourne, Australia during our recent trip. They have been in the possession of John Appleton's family for many years. William Appleton can be seen in the centre of the back row in the 1894 photograph, holding both cornet and baton. In the 1913 photograph he is second from the left on the back row.
William Appleton Albert Appleton Ashton in Makerfield Band
Taber Mineworkers' Band Harworth Band founded by William Appleton
All of William's sons played brass instruments too, but none of his daughters. Joseph (1897) and Seth (1899) played cornet, William (1901) and John (1911) played trombone. William later became Bandmaster of Thorseby Colliery Band.
Geoffrey Appleton Leaving Thoresby Band Bandsmen in Australia
Seth, John, Gerald, Ronald & John
Seth and John Appleton 1993 William Appleton seated with children Ethel Appleton with her husband
Primrose & Seth to his left and brother John and sons John, Ronald, Gerald
John and his sons Ronald & Gerald and Geoff and daughter Margaret
Harworth Colliery Band. William Appleton (1872) Bandmaster.
His son John next left and son William next left both on trombone.
Son Joseph back row far left and next to him son Seth on cornets.
Two photos of Ronald Appleton with trophies
Oakleigh City Band in concert 4th May 2002 Melbourne,
Australia Conductor Ronald Appleton.
Brother Gerald on 1st Euphonium (front right),
Brother John on 1st Baritone (next but one to Gerald),
Nephew Seth on Flugelhorn right end of front row facing forward
and his brother John on 1st trombone front extreme right.
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