musician Philip Jones dies
LONDON (AP) -- Philip Jones, who held the
top trumpet position in six London orchestras and
formed a brass ensemble that played for
audiences worldwide, has died, British
newspapers reported Wednesday. He was 71.
He died Monday, the newspapers said. No cause
or location of death was given.
Jones, who came from a family of trumpeters,
was determined to prove that brass instruments
could hold center stage and captivate an
audience. He created the Philip Jones Brass
Ensemble and led the group on tours of more than
30 countries. The ensemble made 50 recordings
and performed 87 world premieres, The
Born on March 12, 1928, in Bath, England,
Jones developed his musical skills early. In 1944,
he won a scholarship to the Royal College of
He played for the Royal Philharmonic from
1956-60, the Philharmonia from 1960-64, the
London Philharmonic from 1964-65, the New
Philharmonia from 1965-67 and the British
Broadcasting Corp. Symphony Orchestra from
Jones formed his brass ensemble in 1951 as a
quartet. The group added a fifth member in 1961,
and as the number of engagements grew so did
the size. By 1970, the band consisted of 10
They performed throughout Europe, the United
States, Asia and Australia. Despite his success,
Jones remained meticulous about the smallest
details, The Guardian said. While the other
musicians enjoyed a pre-concert meal, he would
be alone on stage, carefully positioning everyone's
music and lining up the stands, the newspaper
Jones retired in 1986, coming to his decision after
he drove over his own trumpet case and crushed
it, The Times said.
In retirement, he devoted his time to teaching and
charity. Jones accepted a position at Trinity
College of Music that he held until 1994. He also
worked on a musicians' charity fund, acting as
chairman in 1995.
In 1977, Jones was awarded an OBE, or Order
of the British Empire. In 1986, he was given the
higher honor of a CBE, or Commander of the
Order of British Empire.
Jones is survived by his wife, Ursula Strebi.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately