Band comings and goings…

Under the ever watchful eye of  Jack Smith the band continues to grow and develop but players move on as their lives take them out of the area and new ones come to join us.

This summer we have said goodbye to Max on trombone as he moves on to further his career and we have also said goodbye to Beni who has been with us for a number of years helping both as a player and assistant conductor when needed. Beni has now headed across the hills to Manchester to start his PGCE and we know the students he will be teaching are in good hands.

We’ve also had some changes in the cornet section as Mollie and Tom have joined us and have spent the summer leading the cornets between them. We also have Caitlin on Bass Trombone who joined us earlier in the year and one of our back row cornets has now moved to B Flat bass – as you do!

Finally we also had a band wedding this summer! Rodger and Marie tied the knot and the band played their part by providing recordings of music to play with both Rodger and Marie playing the solos. The day was a real summer’s day and a lot of the band joined the celebrations in the evening too and the best man was also the band’s chairman!

The band are always keen to welcome new members who wish to double up on positions and due to the talents within the band we have several players who would move position should the right person come along.

Only rehearsing once a week means it is not a major commitment and with a sensible events programme, players manage to slot playing in the band into their hectic lives. From school students to decorators and HGV drivers to Health Care professionals, the band  is made up of a range of players of different ages and abilities but who all work together to promote live music at local events. Like with many local lower section bands, some of our players also play with other bands and this helps develop the friendships between local bands and also means bands help each other out when they are short of players for concerts. Some of our players even went to France with a local band to help out a year or so ago! We are always keen to welcome new players and ex members alike  and anyone thinking of joining us – please contact our secretary via the contact us page.