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Harry Cassel

Mr. Harry Cassel, solo cornet and conductor of the Backworth Institute Silver band, was born at Hanging Heaton, a little village near Dewsbury, on July 14th, 1867. He commenced to play the cornet when he was 10 years of age with Batley Temperance, and when only 12 years old he was placed in the proud position of bandmaster, which he held up to the time of leaving the band.

After leaving the Batley Temperance Band he went to the Morley Borough Band, being under Mr. Gladney's tuition. Mr. Cassel has also been engaged with the Drighlington Brass Band as conductor and solo cornet. Mr. Cassel won his first honours as a cornettist at Famley, Leeds, in 1887, winning a cornet value 9 guineas. Nineteen of the best comet players in Yorkshire competed, so he had no easy task. He also took first honours at Doncaster in the same year. Under his careful and painstaking tutorship we may safely expect to see the Backworth Institute Band come to the front at no far distant date.

(Report published in 1896)