Obituary of bandsman Peter Badham
May 18 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A TALENTED musician has died.
Peter Badham was a stalwart of Hade Edge Band for many years.
Mr Badham was born on February 2, 1944, in South Wales and joined Melingriffith Band in Cardiff at the age of 11 along with his brother David and his friend David Carter.
During his secondary school years he won the Eisteddford four years running, playing tenor horn.
Later his friend David moved to Yorkshire in order to join Brighouse and Rastrick Band, closely followed by Peter’s brother David. Peter then followed his brother to Yorkshire.
In 1973 while in Yorkshire, he met Heather and later that year they wed. After their marriage, Peter and Heather lived for nine months in Cardiff, however they quickly returned to Yorkshire after Heather became homesick.
In 1974 Peter joined Hade Edge Band which at that time was conducted by Jack Fisher, Heather’s father. He played tenor horn before moving on to baritone and eventually ending up in the bass section playing Eb bass.
During this period the band enjoyed much success with some time spent in the championship section through the 70s and 80s.
Successes in the Yorkshire Area Contests, Huddersfield and District BBA contests and Radio Sheffield’s “Bold as Brass” contests.
Peter was well-known to many bandsmen around the Northern circuit due to his distinctive white beard, and even used this to his advantage during concerts with the band to emphasis the “Santa” angle while playing his beloved Eb bass. Many an audience were delighted with these performances, especially when played on the Town Hall stage in Huddersfield.
In his professional life Peter was a painter and decorator, running his own business, and he used this to the benefit of the band by keeping the “old wooden band room hut” in working order while he worked on his ambition for a new band room to house the band at Hade Edge. He and Heather lived in the village of Cawthorne.
During his time with Hade Edge, Peter served on the committee as secretary and had been chairman for 25 years. During his time as chairman the band celebrated being 100 years old and held a centenary concert in Huddersfield Town Hall.
Due to failing health he was forced to stop playing after 36 years and stood down as chairman of the band in November last year, but continued to play an active part on the general committee. He was recently made a life member and vice-president of Hade Edge band in recognition of his services to the band.
One of Peter’s abiding passions throughout his time as chairman was to replace the old bandroom with a more substantial purpose-built building and, as chairman of the band after years of dedicated work with local councils and the local business community, he achieved his dream with the completion of a new band room in June, 2007, thanks to generous sponsorship by two local businessmen.
He died peacefully in Barnsley Hospital on Saturday, May 8.
His funeral will take place tomorrow at 12.45 at Birdsedge Church, followed by a cremation at Grenoside Crematorium.