Bob started in Paxman Musical Instruments when he was just 14 years old. The business was set up by his father in 1919 and originally made brass, woodwind and percussion instruments. Today it produces the world famous French horns that bear his name and are sought after throughout the world.
Bob was involved in the company right up until his death. He was a master craftsman and in 1961 he became the Managing Director. In the following years he introduced a number of important improvements to horn design. These included the dual-bore system for double horns and double descant horns, the triple-bore system for triple horns and lighter weight titanium valves.
Even after Bob’s official retirement as Managing Director he was actively involved in horn design and was constantly looking to make design improvements.
In 1993 Bob received an MBE from the Queen in recognition for his services to the musical instrument industry. In November 2010 Bob was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Musical Industries Association (one of the slide show photos above).
Bob died on Monday 25th July 2011 after a short illness at the age of 82. His funeral was held in Ruislip attended by family and close friends.
A book of condolences is available for signing in the Paxman showroom.
A Celebration of Life event (photos above) took place on November 27th 2011 at the Royal Academy of Music in London to celebrate his many achievements.
The top picture shows the scene at Duke's Hall, as Tim Jones conducts part of the music programme. Above right, Tim introducing the lineup of players.
Above left, Bob's daughters Sylvia Cresswell and Lynda Anderson talk about the launching of the Bob Paxman Young Horn Players Fund and its aims. Please contact Sylvia on 01252 617055 or email@example.com if you would like to be involved or make a donation.