Final coda for Besses trio

Besses Boys lose a trio of experienced players following Buxton victory.

Besses Boys

Besses Boys Band's victory at the Buxton Brass Festival last month was tinged with sadness — as it marked the final appearance of three valued players.


Paul Garrett, Band Manager and Bb Bass, has taken the decision to move having been associated with the band for many years.

During his time Paul was pivotal in raising funds through sponsorship, which secured the acquisition of several new uniform items, as well as sourcing new performance opportunities. He has also been a valued member of what has become a regular prize winning tuba team.

Meanwhile, after four years, tenor horn player Tillie Campbell, moves to take on a new role at Marple Band, whilst cornet player Tom Ridgley, becomes Marple's new principal cornet.

Tom joined Besses Boys seven years ago, moving through the ranks and covering as principal cornet — winning the 'Best Soloist' award at the 2015 Rochdale Contest. Tom will continue in his role as Musical Director of the Besses Youth Band.

All have played a tremendous part and contributed so much. They will always be welcome back and I wish them every success in the next step of their banding journeyMD. James Holt

Tremendous part

Speaking of the departures, MD James Holt said: "Obviously we are hugely disappointed to lose three big characters and performers from our organisation.

All have played a tremendous part and contributed so much. They will always be welcome back and I wish them every success in the next step of their banding journey."

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