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Deano Beano at Grimey?

Dean Morley to join Grimey?


The old rumour mill has been working overtime yet again and this time it appears that Grimethorpe have been at the centre of things.

With the new season just about upon us, we hear that they have completed the impressive signing of Dean Morley from Fodens on Bb bass to beef up a section that now includes recent signings from YBS of John Davies on Eb and Gary Proctor on Bb.

Dean Morley has an enviable reputation as a player of the highest class with an amazing technique that many a principal cornet would envy and a sound as big and round as any to be found on the circuit. Added to this he has the type of personality that can only be described as “colourful” which he invariable brings to the concert platform.

His playing credentials are mightily impressive with him winning the Nationals with both Desford and Fodens and being one of the foundation stones of the Fodens bass end that was long regarded as the best in the business. His signing is a major coup for Grimethorpe, taking into account that he will be travelling there from Birmingham.

What this means for the existing bass players at Grimethorpe is uncertain, but 4BR understands that Derek Jackson has already left the band. Watch this space for more though.


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Regent Hall Concerts - The Countess Of Wessex's String Orchestra

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Elland Silver Band - Elland Silver Youth & The Cory Band

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Black Dyke Band - RNCM Brass Band Festival

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Waltham St. Lawrence Silver Band

January 21 • We are a friendly non-contesting community band within easy reach of Maidenhead, Bracknell and Reading. We look forward to an exciting year under our new MD, Steve Block, and urgently need cornet players, both front and back row, baritones and BBb bass..

Middleton Youth Band

January 21 • Training band musical director.. . Musical director required for our recently formed training band to start from February or as soon as possible.. Rehearsals are Mondays 5.45 -6.45pm and the first Saturday of the month 10 -11am

Northop Silver Band

January 21 • 2017 National Eisteddfod winners and Band Cymru semi-finalists are seeking applications for an assistant principle cornet, Bb Bass and a Baritone to help us fulfil our potential under our new MD John Doyle. . Easy travel links, located just off the A55.

Mark Wilkinson

Cornet Soloist, Teacher, Adjudicator, Conductor