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Buck, James

French horn player born in England.

In 1967 he was a member of the orchestra brought in to work on The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band . When the four French horn players who had been brought in were hummed the melody that Sir Paul McCartney had wanted, they followed suit by playing it under his direction and this would become part of the title track of the album. They had been overheard and had their conversations taped in secret by John Lennon , who had apparently been in the habit of doing this kind of thing before.

He became a co-member, as have several other brass musicians from The Beatles recordings, of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble who he released several recordings with, including Eine Kleine Brass Musik, Festive Brass, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition and Dances from the Renaissance.

As a member of the Locke Brass Ensemble his work has featured on the album Richard Strauss: The Music for Symphonic Brass and Symphonic Marches for Concert Brass.

Here is the Locke Brass Consort performing Richard Strauss’s “Fanfare”…