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B.D. Jackson (b. 1841) - Conductor, Batley Old Band

Mr. Jackson, who is a native of Bramley, near Leeds, was born in 1841. He is a member of a family well-known to all musicians, being the brother of Mr. J. Jackson, late bandmaster of the now defunct Leeds Forge Band. He commenced his musical career as second French horn player in the Bramley Band, of which his father was leader for thirteen years. In 1864 he was engaged as euphoniumist under R. S. Burton, Esq., at the Cheltenham Concert Rooms, Harrogate, and remained there until the latter part of 1865.

He was then offered employment at the Spinkwell Mills Dewsbury, in order to secure his services as solo euphonium in the band connected with the firm, which offer he accepted, the band being under the conductorship of his brother, Harry Jackson, a well-known cornettist. Mr. Jackson's first appearance as a conductor was with the Dewsbury Rifle Band in 1868, which, under his direction, was very successful notably at Morley, Hull, Wakefield, Paddock, Blackpool, &c. He was appointed conductor of the Dewsbury A1 Band in 1873, and this band was eminently successful at contests. In 1874 he was engaged as conductor to the Wyke Old Band, with whom he remained for 3 years with marked success.

The Batley Old Band, being desirous of improving their condition, invited Mr. Jackson to become their teacher and conductor. When he accepted the office, in 1881, the band was in a very rough state, none of the members having ever taken part in a contest. They were, however, young men, and Mr. Jackson's abilities and perseverance soon brought the band into prominence, and at the present time there are few bands that can boast of so rapid an improvement in the same time as the Batley Old Band, and the credit of this belongs in a great measure to Mr. Jackson.

In conclusion, Mr. Jackson is highly esteemed in this district by a large circle of friends and acquaintances, both for his amiable character as a man and his talent as a teacher and conductor of brass bands, and it is hoped that he may long be spared to exercise his abilities on their behalf.

(Report published in 1893)