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Webster talks of disappointment

Roger Webster talks of his disappointment at leaving Dyke but welcomes the appointment of Richard Marshall.

Roger Webster


Following his departure from Black Dyke Band, Dr Roger Webster has spoken to 4BR to confirm his disappointment that his position with the band has come to an end.

As reported by 4BR, the news confirmed that Black Dyke had also replaced Roger with Richard Marshall, the Principal Cornet player with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

...despite my assurances that I could give the band the commitment required over the coming 12 months. I am extremely disappointed that my career at Black Dyke has ended in this wayRoger Webster

Roger told 4BR: ”During the past few months I have been involved in an attempt to rescue Besson and the band has been looking for a potential replacement. It now seems that it has decided to go in that direction, regardless of the outcome at Besson and despite my assurances that I could give the band the commitment required over the coming 12 months. I am extremely disappointed that my career at Black Dyke has ended in this way.”

Black Dyke response

In response, a spokesman for the band stated, “Roger Webster has relinquished his position as principal cornet with the Black Dyke Band. Until recently, Roger was employed as a clinician and instrument designer with Besson. The change of ownership of the company and uncertainty have compelled Roger to reconsider his future workload. The band would like to place on record its gratitude for five years of memorable playing and camaraderie. Roger joins a list of legendary Black Dyke cornet players that have served the band so well.”

Richard Marshall

Roger further added that although disappointed that his second tenure at the Queensbury Band had come to end in such a manner, he thought that he could think of no better person to take over in the hottest seat in the banding world than Richard Marshall who he believed was a truly great performer.

”I have known Richard for some considerable time and believe him to be a superb player and someone who will make a huge impression with Black Dyke in the future. He is a young man with a glittering career ahead of him and I wish him all the very best as he takes over the most famous cornet position in the banding world.”

Leslie Howie

It has also been confirmed by Black Dyke that in a separate development, solo horn player, Lesley Howie, is also to leave Black Dyke.

The official statement has been made:

Following a meeting with Music Director Nicholas Childs, Lesley Howie has decided to relinquish her position as solo horn with The Black Dyke Band.

Nicholas Childs thanked Lesley on behalf of the Trustees and Band and wished her well for the future.

Lesley enjoys being Tenor Horn tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music and its Junior School as well as her full time post as Head of Music at Hyde Technical College.

"Leaving Black Dyke was a big wrench but I hope to now have more time to develop my other avenues in performance and look forward to joining another band in the not too distant future," commented Lesley.

Band Administrator
Geoffrey Whiteley
Black Dyke Band


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