Harry Dalzell (Bb bass)
Harry began his brass band playing career at the age of ten on 2nd cornet with Rathfriland Silver Band which was then at the top of the second section. At 14 Harry then progressed to the front row. Harry remembers his first contest piece as Schubert's Unfinished Symphony arranged by Dennis Wright and the second piece as The Pirates of Penzance. Harry continued playing with Rathfriland Silver Band until he moved to Belfast for work and College. During this period he played with Whitehouse Silver.
Later in life Harry moved to Crumlin and became a member of The Pakenham Band for 9 years. At the same time he really enjoyed playing trumpet with a Big Band for several years recalling some wonderful arrangements and talented musicians. Harry isn’t quite so keen on some of more recent American arrangements!
In 1980 Harry joined the Hillsborough Band, staying for 7 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. The Championship section then beckoned and Harry was with The Laganvale Band for 5 years playing some magnificent contest pieces. During this time Harry played with the band in two European Championships and took part in several trips to the Spring Festival in Blackpool.
After a short break Harry was pleased to be asked to play with Downshire Brass just for the one contest! Five years on Harry is still playing bass, enjoying his banding but still has a yearning for the cornet!