Due to work relocation, Leyland Band is to bid farewell to their highly respected solo euphonium player James McLeod.
The move, after five years of outstanding commitment and performances will see James relocate to Chelmsford, and mean that Leyland's invitation to Aberystwyth's Brass Extravaganza on 27th January will be his final performance with the band.
James featured regularly as a soloist in concerts and became a firm favourite amongst local audiences, having won the Patrons' 'Player of the Year' award for the past two years.
He told 4BR: "I've thoroughly enjoyed my five years at Leyland. I'd like to thank the band for their support, and I'm now looking forward to new and different challenges with my playing following my move south."
I've thoroughly enjoyed my five years at Leyland. I'd like to thank the band for their support, and I'm now looking forward to new and different challenges with my playing following my move southJames McLeod
A band spokesperson added: "It will be difficult to replace a player of James' ability and commitment. He has produced countless flawless contest performances in his time, and his technical wizardry astounded followers and fans on a number of CD recordings concert appearances.
He has been an example to players around the stands, and we wish him all the very best in his new job."
4BR understands the band will seek a new replacement after the North West Regional Championships in February.