Don Lusher

(1923—2006) trombonist and bandleader

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b. Gordon Douglas Lusher, 6 November 1923, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England, d. 5 July 2006, Cheam, Surrey, England. Lusher grew up in a musical family, his grandfather, father and mother playing and singing in Salvation Army bands. Lusher learned to play trombone and pursued his musical interests at school. At the age of 18, he went into the army but contrived to keep up his playing by joining Salvation Army bands in any town he happened to be near. A visit to a camp he was at by Geraldo And His Orchestra, in whose trombone section was Ted Heath, convinced Lusher that once the war was over that was how he would make his career. In 1947, he left the army, bought a second-hand trombone, and joined a band led by an army friend in Tenby, Wales. He then joined Joe Daniels And His Hot Shots, but only a few weeks later the band folded. Lusher’s next professional engagement was with Lou Preager at London’s leading dancehall, the Hammersmith Palais. He then worked in a band led by Maurice Winnick at Ciro’s Club, following this with important and career-moulding engagements with the Squadronaires and the Ted Heath band, with which he visited the USA.


From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.

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