Eric Longford Jessop was born and brought up in the colliery village of Dodworth where generations of his parents' families were miners and leading lights in the brass band movement. A member of the Dodworth brass band from an early age, he has continued his musical interests in local bands, sharing his skills as a tutor, conductor, arranger and composer. He has competed nationwide as well as overseas. Eric is Vice-chair of No. Area, National Association of Brass Band Conductors. He also finds time to enjoy other music, the company of his family and the history of his locality.