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Mr. Ron Benning
Ron Benning
Some 40 medals and trophies surround Mr. Ron Benning, the Rushden trombonist. All but the largest (the coveted Foden's trophy) he holds permanently—tributes to his 21 years' playing which has been crowned with local and national competition successes.
Rushden Echo & Argus, 2nd March 1951, transcribed by Kay Collins

21 Years of Melody
In his 21st year as a trombonist is Mr. Ron Benning, of Rushden—well known in both local and national competition circles. In fact, in 43 solo contests there have only been six occasions when he has not won a prize.

His first lesson at trombone playing was taken under his father, Mr. Harry Benning—before the first World War a trombone player in Rushden Mission Band—and at 19 Ron himself transferred to the trombone in the same band, with whom he had been playing a cornet for some ten years previously. Father and son actually played in the Mission Band at the same time, Mr. Benning senior having then transferred to the drums.

In 1935, Ron Benning joined the "Temps." He has travelled thousands of miles all over the country with them, and during his war service with the Fleet Air Arm he continued playing with a number of bands in Cornwall.

Principal trombonist with the Mid-Northants Orchestra which was formed a few years ago, Mr. Benning is seen photographed with his 30-odd medals and nine cups. All but the largest cup—the coveted Foden's trophy—he holds permanently.

The Foden's trophy will be returned shortly. It has been held by him for a year since he was selected from 63 competitors as the best instrumental player from all over England. It is hoped it will not be the last time the trophy will be displayed at 3, Pytchley Road, for the present holder certainly intends to try again.

Confessing that he is still always nervous prior to giving a performance, Mr. Benning sums up: "I think as regards competition you have really got to have a certain amount of luck. It is hard work, and you have got to understand what you are trying to do."

Practice at set hours? "Certainly not. Practice regularly, yes, but leave off when you feel tired."

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