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Fitting farewell to jazz musician

A jazz band performs outside Berties, Elland, in memory of the late Brian Herbert, of Hove Edge, Brighouse

A jazz band performs outside Berties, Elland, in memory of the late Brian Herbert, of Hove Edge, Brighouse

A former Calderdale teacher and jazz musician who passed away last month was given a fitting farewell by family and friends.

Brian Herbert, of Hove Edge, Brighouse, who was a former deputy headteacher at Calder High School in Mytholmroyd, died on February 7, aged 70, after a battle with cancer.

Jazz musicians led a special tribute to him at Berties, Elland, and then formed a farewell parade in his honour.

Brian’s interest in music began during his school days. He played guitar and banjo with the Cherry Tree Band while at Leeds City College and then the Kalahari Bushmen.

Born in Loughborough in 1943 to Douglas and Ann Herbert, Brian married Carole Craven in 1970.

They had two children - Martin and Catherine.

The family lived in Wakefield before moving to Halifax. He and Carole later divorced.

During his teaching career at Calder High, he met his second wife, Giselle Finney, who was head of expressive arts at the school. They were married in 2003 and Brian was like a second father to Giselle’s daughter, Francesca.

Giselle said: “Life with Brian was one glorious adventure after another.”

Brian took early retirement aged 55 and continued his career as a jazz musician.

 

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