Friary trombone player Ian Stewart is also Musical Director of Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band (LGB), so was heavily involved in their Remembrance Sunday’s commemorations in East Sussex. The morning saw him lead LGB through the streets of Ringmer, and through Lewes in the afternoon, in the presence of Lord-Lieutenant Andrew Blackman and High Sheriff Richard Bickersteth. He has held the post of MD at LGB for nearly 25 years.
Remembrance holds particular significance for Ian, an ex-serviceman himself. After school, he spent 22 years in the Army Music Service, first as a bandsman in the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Green Jackets. In 1985, he completed the army Bandmaster’s course and was appointed Bandmaster to the Queen’s Own Hussars. Ian’s final appointment was as School Bandmaster at Kneller Hall, the home of the British Army School of Music.