Tom Street, a 95-year-old grandfather from Heage, Derbyshire, has been crowned the world’s longest-serving brass band player by the Guinness World Records.
Street has played the trombone for the Heage Silver Band for 82 years and 332 days, making him a world record breaker.
He joined the band in 1940, at the age of 13, and reportedly has almost never missed a practice session or concert.
Street’s love for music dates back to his childhood. His father was also in the band, and after his death, his five brothers joined.
When he was old enough, he joined too, and he has been playing brass band music ever since.
He says that playing music has been an absolute joy for him, and he has no plans to stop playing.
The Street is passing his love of music to the next generation through his grandson, Louis Street, who plays the cornet in the same band.
Louis says that his grandfather gave him a cornet when he was two and that music has been his life ever since. He believes that without his grandfather, the band would not be here today.
Street’s playing career has spanned nine decades, and he has played at numerous Remembrance Day services, as well as for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.
He was officially recognized as a world record holder after his grandson applied to Guinness last year on his behalf.
Street is now officially the world’s longest-serving player of a brass band, beating the previous record of 65 years.
Despite his age, Street still turns out for band practice twice a week and performs throughout the year around Derbyshire.
He is the musical director of the Heage Silver Band and will be conducting the band to mark the coronation of King Charles on May 8.
He says that he loves playing music too much to stop, and he hopes to continue playing for many years to come.