Adrian Hirst

Adrian comes from Skelmanthorpe , midway between Huddersfield and Barnsley in West Yorkshire. He started to play the piano when seven years old and, when he was  14,  his younger brother Chris was learning to play the trombone. Thankfully for Black Dyke this tempted Adrian to take up the instrument. His only tutor in his whole brass-playing career was Les Hepplestone (originally a cornet player) musical director of Wakefield Metropolitan Youth Band, where Adrian was a member.