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Don Lusher OBE ( November 6, 1923July 5, 2006) was a jazz and big band trombonist best known for his association with the Ted Heath Jazz Band. In a career spanning more than 60 years, he played trombone with a number of jazz bands and was twice President of the British Trombone Society. Commanders Badge of the Order of the British Empire The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. The Order includes five classes in civil and military divisions; in decreasing order of seniority, these are... November 6 is the 310th day of the year (311th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 55 days remaining. ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory, and is marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... A big band is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ... A lip-reed aerophone with a predominantly cylindrical bore, the trombone is a musical instrument in the brass family. ... Ted Heath (30 March 1900–18 November 1969) was Britains most famous bandleader. ...

Early life and Career

Lusher was born in Peterborough, England and started playing the trombone aged six years old in his local Salvation Army band, the third generation of his family to do so. When WWII broke out he served as a gunner signaller in the Royal Artillery, after being demobbed he became a professional musician playing with the bands of Joe Daniels, Lou Preager, Maurice Winnick, The Squadronaires, Jack Parnell and lastly Ted Heath.
Lusher spent nine years as lead trombone with the Ted Heath Jazz Band and toured the USA several times, taking over as leader in 1969 after Heath's death. He also led the trombone section on many of Frank Sinatra's European tours. The City of Peterborough is a cathedral city and Unitary Authority in the East of England, UK. For ceremonial purposes it is in the county of Cambridgeshire. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Shield of The Salvation Army The Salvation Army is a Protestant evangelical Christian denomination founded in 1865 by Methodist ministers William Booth and Catherine Booth. ... German soldiers at the Battle of Stalingrad World War II was the most extensive and costly armed conflict in the history of the world, involving the great majority of the worlds nations, being fought simultaneously in several major theatres, and costing tens of millions of lives. ... The Royal Regiment of Artillery, generally known as the Royal Artillery (RA), is, despite its name, a corps of the British Army It is made up of a number of regiments. ... Demobilization is the process of standing down a nations armed forces from combat-ready status. ... Joe Daniels (born August 4, 1970) is a drummer of Local H. Joe Daniels and his friend Scott Lucas both formed Local H. in 1991 in High School in Zion Illinois. ... The Squadronaires were a band formed in the 1940s British Air Force that went on to become a popular dance band. ... Jack Parnell (born 6 August 1923) is an English bandleader and musician. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer who is one of the most highly acclaimed male popular song vocalists of all time. ...

Later Years

Lusher formed his own ensemble, The Don Lusher Big Band he also performed with the Manhattan Sound Big Band, amongst others and was a member of the Best of British Jazz group from the 70's onwards. Centuries: 1st century BC - 1st century - 2nd century Decades: 20s - 30s - 40s - 50s - 60s - 70s - 80s - 90s - 100s - 110s - 120s 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 Note: Sometimes the 70s is used as shorthand for the 1970s, the 1870s, or other such decades in other centuries...

He spent some years as a Professor of the Royal College of Music (Big Band) before becoming Professor of Trombone at the Royal Marines School of Music, Portsmouth in 1997, a post he retired from in 2004.
In 2001 Don recorded an album on the Decca label, it featured Kenny Ball, Acker Bilk, John Chilton and the Feetwarmers, John Dankworth, Humphrey Lyttelton and George Melly it was entitled British Jazz Legends Together. // The Royal College of Music from Prince Consort Road, London The Royal College of Music is a prestigious music school located in Kensington, London. ... A big band is a large musical ensemble that plays jazz music. ... Her Majestys Royal Marines, also known as the Royal Marines (RM), are the United Kingdoms amphibious force and Naval Infantry. ... Portsmouth is a city of about 189,000 people located in the county of Hampshire on the southern coast of Great Britain. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... Kenny Ball, was born Kenneth Daniel Ball, on 22 May 1930, in Ilford, Essex, England. ... Acker Bilk (often referred to as Mr. ... Sir John Dankworth CBE Born in London, England, in 1927, was brought up in a musical environment amongst a family of musicians. ... Humphrey Lyttelton (b. ... George Melly (born: 17 August 1926 in Liverpool, England) is a British jazz and blues singer. ...

In 1993 he was awarded the status of Freeman of the City of London, and in 2002 Lusher received an OBE for services to the music industry. Freedom of the City is an award made by English towns and cities, to esteemed members of its community; such people may then be termed Freemen or Freewomen of the City. ...



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