4BR has been informed that Steven Mead has resigned his position as Professional Conductor of Whitburn Band with immediate effect.
He has enjoyed what he described as a wonderful partnership, delivering some outstanding performances under his direction.
However, he feels that the demands on his schedule are proving too great to allow the commitment the band deserves.
Steve told 4BR: "I have enjoyed every minute of our work together, from stepping in at short notice for the Open a couple of years ago, right up to our excellent performance at the Scottish Championships in March."
He added: "The reason for this unexpected decision is that my schedule is at an overload situation, especially during the months of July and August when my playing takes me on an 8 week non stop tour from the USA to Korea.
I have had to look at a bigger picture, one in which I see a danger of me taking on too much, something perhaps I’ve been guilty of for the last couple of yearsSteven Mead
The decision comes following further demands placed on his globe trotting solo schedule close to the National Finals in London. "Whitburn was already aware of the problems with my schedule for the Nationals, with trips to Japan and Austria very close to the event" he said.
"I have had to look at a bigger picture, one in which I see a danger of me taking on too much, something perhaps I’ve been guilty of for the last couple of years. I need to concentrate on other aspects of my musical life, and maintain others, for as long as possible."
Steven spoke of his feeling towards a band which has made a deep impression on him over the last three years. "I would like to thank Whitburn for all for their kindness, generosity of spirit, commitment and perhaps most of all, their friendship for the last three years."
He concluded: "They have a great band and an unbelievable spirit, which will guide them through the next years. It’s been a privilege to be part of their organisation and I wish them all the very best for the future."