James (Jim) Taylor passed away peacefully at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary on July 10th, aged 76 years. Jim joined the Association in 2004 and since joining he regularly attended meetings, workshops and conventions.
He started playing with the Honley Band at a young age but put banding on hold to pursue a career as a talented player with the Huddersfield Rugby Club until a serious knee injury put a stop to his ambitions in that respect.
After a few years he returned to the banding scene and became involved with teaching and starting a learners class at the band room and later conducting the band as and when required.
Apart from playing the euphonium with the Honley Band he was also an active member of Huddersfield's Vintage Brass, an over 60s group of players who got together mainly for their own enjoyment, but also did quite a lot on charity work and entertaining in old peoples homes.
Over the past few years Jim had been confined to using a wheel chair but he still continued to play with the two bands. I last saw him on stage with the Honley band at the Holmfirth Contest in April of this year.
Apart from his banding Jim was active in the Village of Honley and at the time of his death was chairman of the local Probus Club. His passing will leave a considerable void both in the banding fraternity and the village life of Honley.
The funeral service will take place at Huddersfield Crematorium on Friday 20 July at 11am