Tribute to Mr Tommy Wookcock

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Tribute to Mr Tommy Wookcock

Postby Tenor_Mastro » Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:01 pm

i dont know if anyone knows, but Tommy was a past conductor for the Curragh silver for over 60 years and sadly pasted away last year.

Tommy’s great interest was music and in particular silver bands. He began to attend band practice in the old North Street band hall, just around the corner from his Clonavon Road home, where he learned to play euphonium and trombone. Over the years he had enjoyed the camaraderie of what was ‘the town band’ and loved nothing more than a discussion about banding, particularly with his late brother Jim - a brother whose knowledge he valued and whose musicianship he greatly admired. Tommy eventually took over the role of conductor of the Ballymena Silver Band and the partnership enjoyed a great deal of success in Brass Band League and Northern Ireland Bands Association contests in the 1970s and 80s. It should also be noted that he was asked to train the Curragh Silver Band from Maghera for ‘a few weeks’ in the early 1950s but such was his enthusiasm for the job that Tommy was still ‘helping out’ the band a few weeks before his passing.

he was a man with great musical ability and was a great conductor.

Tommy’s musical skill and knowledge was also observed from beyond the silver band world and he went on to conduct Eglish and Dunloy Accordion bands, with both bands enjoying considerable contesting success under his baton.

if anyone had known of Tommy an have any stories they can share or had the pleasure of playing along with him , please post ...
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Re: Tribute to Mr Tommy Wookcock

Postby Trumpetzone » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:19 pm

Tenor_Mastro wrote:i dont know if anyone knows, but Tommy was a past conductor for the Curragh silver for over 60 years and sadly pasted away last year.

Tommy’s great interest was music and in particular silver bands. He began to attend band practice in the old North Street band hall, just around the corner from his Clonavon Road home, where he learned to play euphonium and trombone. Over the years he had enjoyed the camaraderie of what was ‘the town band’ and loved nothing more than a discussion about banding, particularly with his late brother Jim - a brother whose knowledge he valued and whose musicianship he greatly admired. Tommy eventually took over the role of conductor of the Ballymena Silver Band and the partnership enjoyed a great deal of success in Brass Band League and Northern Ireland Bands Association contests in the 1970s and 80s. It should also be noted that he was asked to train the Curragh Silver Band from Maghera for ‘a few weeks’ in the early 1950s but such was his enthusiasm for the job that Tommy was still ‘helping out’ the band a few weeks before his passing.

he was a man with great musical ability and was a great conductor.

Tommy’s musical skill and knowledge was also observed from beyond the silver band world and he went on to conduct Eglish and Dunloy Accordion bands, with both bands enjoying considerable contesting success under his baton.

if anyone had known of Tommy an have any stories they can share or had the pleasure of playing along with him , please post ...


I didn't know Tommy, but Know a little more about him now. Thank you for posting this!
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