Skipton family make a musical offer for big band fans

Craven Herald: Angus Crabtree with the hundreds of volumes of sheet music which belonged to his father Harry Angus Crabtree with the hundreds of volumes of sheet music which belonged to his father Harry

A Skipton family is seeking a good home for five large boxes of big band music.

Skipton man Harry Crabtree, who used to play in a dance band and taught saxophone as a hobby, died in 2000, and now 12 years after his death his family is seeking a home for a large amount of sheet music they found when moving house.

His wife, Sheila, said: “There is a full score of big band music that we want to go to a good home. We don’t want anything for it, we just want it to be used.”

Son Angus Crabtree, 40, a former Ermysted’s Grammar School pupil who went on to study music at the Leeds College of Music, also plays the saxophone in a Latin funk music band called Bugalu Foundation.

“Most of it is big band music for saxophones and the rhythm instruments,” he said.

“It used to belong to my dad, but we don’t know who owned it before him.”

Angus, manager of the Fountain Inn pub in Barnoldswick, added: “It’s sat there not doing anything and needs to be used. I only ask that it goes to a good home, so it can be played.”

A local government officer, Harry worked for Skipton Urban District and then Craven District Council, rising to become its head of paid services.

He was also a member of Skipton Rugby Club for more than 40 years and had held every role, from player to president.

Anyone interested in the sheet music can contact Sheila on 01756 228434.

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