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New personnel and moves at Black Dyke

Two new players and movement of personnel at the Queensbury band as they look towards the second half of the contest season and beyond.

Black Dyke
  There are new players and new moves at the Queensbury Band

Black Dyke has announced two new signings and two internal moves of personnel as they look towards the second half of the 2017 contest season.

New signings and moves

The talented 17-year-old Adam Neild, a past principal cornet of the National Children's Band and a member of the Junior School at the RNCM and Blue Coat School Oldham, joins on repiano cornet, whilst Sammy Latus, a brass peripatetic teacher at Oldham Music Services comes in on second horn

With Sammy coming in from Eccles Band, Alison Childs will move up to first horn, whilst following the departure of Benjamin Richeton, it has been announced that the experienced Martin Irwin will move from assistant principal cornet to take on the role with immediate effect.

Martin is no stranger to the soprano chair, having held the position with distinction at Brighouse & Rastrick, winning the Stanley Wainwright 'Best Soloist' award at the British Open in 1998.

It is the blend of exciting young talent and proven top class experience that counts so much for usProf Nicholas Childs

Excellence and improvement

Black Dyke Director of Music, Prof Nicholas Childs Black Dyke's Music Director told 4BR: "These moves are another indication of our continued search for excellence and improvement in what is sure to be a busy and exciting second half of 2017 and beyond for the band.

It is the blend of exciting young talent and proven top class experience that counts so much for us, and I'm delighted with the signings and the moves as we look towards the British Open and National Finals and another ground breaking trip to Japan."

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Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

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March 17 • We are urgently looking for a Tenor Horn, Cornet and snare drummers (for our Corps of drums). Smart friendly well run band with varied engagements, just one rehearsal a week. Open to all walks of life ( you do not need to work for the Police!)

Arrow Valley Brass

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Garforth Brass

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Dave Collins

BA (Hons) (Dunelm) I, FSCO
Composer and Arranger