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Founding Members

Ray Rowsell was a founding member of the IOW Youth Concert Band, which from 1969 to 1974 was known as the Bembridge Young Community Club Band.  

He was the local village policeman, Voluntary Youth Leader and later County Councillor, who took a great and keen interest in the youth of the village, assisting with the eventual construction of the Young Community Club in Steyne Park, and the evolution of the band during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Ray became President of the IOWYCB in the 1990s and is remained in this position until retirement in 2011. During this time Ray was actively involved with the committee and he continued to attend concerts, supporting the band.  Sadly Ray passed away in March 2017.

Ray Rowsell​ B.E.M.
Co-founder

Richard Crabbe

Co-founder

Richard Crabbe was a fellow policeman from Sandown. As a collegue of Ray, he assisted in the setting up of what came to be the IOWYCB.