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Walter Pitts - Solo Cornet, Batley Old Band.

Walter Pitts, the present solo cornet of the Batley Old Band was born in 1866. His musical career commenced at the age of 13 years with the now defunct Dudley Hill Band (near Bradford), under the direction of Mr. John Fowles, His first instrument was the flugel horn, upon which he played the second parts. After about three months' practice, however he had to render the solo cornet part on the same instrument, and continued thus for upwards of twelve months.

Owing to the band being dissolved, Mr. Pitts retired for about two years. He then joined Birkenshaw Band as solo cornet, and rendered them valuable service in the contest field - the band only being in its third year of existence and attending five contests and obtaining three prizes. At this period he competed in his first and only single-handed contest, and was awarded the second prize.

In April, 1891, Mr. Pitts decided to throw in his lot with the Batley Old Band as second solo cornet, and in November of the same year he accepted the position of leading cornet, which he still retains. His contest performances during 1892 were very well received and favourably commented upon by the various adjudicators. Of a modest disposition and generous by nature, he is often found assisting various bands in the district when his duties with the Batley Old permit him.

(Report published in 1893)