The members of Downshire Brass are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Harry Dalzell, one of the band's most popular and endearing members. Harry joined Downshire Brass in 2009; he was a stalwart of the Bb bass section and played a major part in the band’s progression to the championship section and its various successes in recent years.
Harry began his brass band playing career at the age of ten on 2nd cornet with Rathfriland Silver Band. At 14 he progressed to the front row, and continued playing with Rathfriland until he moved to Belfast for work and college and joined Whitehouse Silver.
Later in life Harry moved to Crumlin and became a member of the Pakenham Band for nine years. During this time he also got great pleasure from playing trumpet with a big band for several years; he often recalled memories of wonderful arrangements and talented musicians. In 1980 Harry joined the Hillsborough Band, staying for seven years before his work and business commitments took him out of banding for 18 years. However, Harry wasn’t lost to the world of banding and made a comeback with the Wellington Band in 2003; later, he played with Laganvale Band for five years and then joined Downshire Brass. He continued to enjoy contesting right up to Downshire's win at the 2015 BBL and the band's trip to the 2015 European Brass Band Championships in Freiburg.
The Conductor, Committee and members of the band convey their sincerest condolences to Harry’s wife, Isobel, and the wider family.
Harry passed away this morning (25 August 2015) and his funeral will be held in Maze Presbyterian Church on Friday at 1.30pm.