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Walter Reynolds (b. 1866) - Solo Euphonium, Kettering Town Band

Walter Reynolds was born at Bursledon, near Southampton, on Dec. 9th, 1866, and is now in his 27th year. Losing both parents at an early age, and having no brother and but one step-sister, he way placed at the age of 10 years in Dr. Barnardo's Homes. While in this institution he learned the rudiments of music, and played the cornet and then euphonium in the Band, with considerable success.

He left the home at the age of 15 years to follow up the trade of shoemaker at Earl's Barton. In his leisure time he had applied himself to studying music, and at once joined the village band (now the Earl's Barton Old Prize Band), of which he was appointed bandmaster, soon after turning the age of 16. This position he held for 2 or 3 years. He then founded the Earl's Barton Britannia Band, which soon added the word "Prize" to their title, gaining a place at their first venture, not having yet been in existence 12 months. While with this band, Mr. Reynolds was the recipient of several presentations, together with an illuminated address, all of which are very much prized by him.

After severing his connection with this band about 1890, he removed to Burton Latimer, a village about 3 miles front Kettering. Mr. Reynolds has achieved considerable success as a teacher of bands, in training them for contests, &c. He has also conducted several choral societies, including performances of "Messiah," "Creation," "Samson," "Judas Maccabeus," etc. But it is as a euphonium player he has won the greatest honours. At Stanwick last year in the single-handed contest, the judge (Mr. Stead) said he had never heard a finer euphonium player, and after awarding him 1st prize, paid him an extra compliment by awarding a special from his own pocket. He was also awarded 1st at Dewsbury Euphonium contest last year, having only competed twice single- handed.

He has a host of press notices, testimonials, etc. Mr. Reynolds joined the Kettering Town in October last. He judged the recent contest at Skelmersdale, and gave the greatest satisfaction. When it is added that Mr. Reynolds often plays the organ at chapels it will be seen he is what may in truth be termed a good all-round musician.

(Report published in 1893)