We are saddened to learn of the death of Alan Bruton on 14th April 2022.
Alan was the most dedicated and respected brass band musician that you could ever meet and his 53-year musical journey began at the age of 8 in school bands. Similar to his father Bill and other family members, he went on to play for Nailsworth band initially as a cornet player. His eventual move to Euphonium became the perfect partnership and this was his passion throughout his musical life.
Between spells with Nailsworth, Alan played for the Message Maker band that would eventually go on to become Flowers band. The last 15 years were with Wotton and District Silver Band where he was integral in the band’s success at progressing from third to first section for the first time in the band’s history. However, he never forgot his roots and supported Nailsworth when needed.
Alan worked hard and diligently at everything he did and developed into an exceptional Euphonium musician with a wide range of solos that he performed frequently at brass band concerts. Outside of banding, he was a skilful engineer who also produced the most amazing wood carvings, requiring skill, dexterity and patience that Alan had in bundles.
Alan is now at peace following his fight against the cruel Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) disease that he developed several years ago. He will be remembered as a kind hearted, modest and dependable man who always encouraged both younger or older players.
Our thoughts are with his wife Jane and family at this sad time.