Seaford Silver Band playing a brass band concert on Eastbourne Bandstand

John Rossall as a boy

John Rossall

John Rossall

22 October 1946 - 14 June2012 - 'A proper bandsman'

We have all been greatly saddened by the sudden loss of our very dear friend and colleague, John Rossall. John was the principal euphonium player of Seaford Silver Band and he remains forever in our memories, one of the most solid bandsmen in the area.

John was our chairman and had been a constant supporter of the band through both good and difficult times. He was always in favour of trying new music and was keen to help players develop and to give sound advice.

A kind and generous man, John would book tickets for us to visit ‘The Hawth’ in Crawley to learn how the likes of Black Dyke, Cory, Brighouse and Fodens comported themselves and to listen to how it should be done!

A accomplished musician, John had played baritone and trombone before moving to Euphonium for Seaford Silver, he played first trombone for Eastbourne Silver Band and would often help out other bands in the area, namely Wealden and Heathfield.

John approached practice sessions in the same professional manner as he did a concert; play well then a few pints of beer with friends and colleagues in the knowledge that they had been earned and were well deserved.

Although he has left a hole in the band he holds a place in our hearts.

Thank you John, God bless you.

John Rossall - a proper bandsman.

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