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Fodens go Xmas Shopping

Fodens have been busy letter writing to Santa and have had their wishes granted with a few new arrivals down the Sandbach chimney!


The Press Release from the band reads as follows:

Foden Richardson band is pleased to announce a number of new signings.

Following the departure of Martin Armstrong who moved back to the northeast in October due to work commitments, Fodens have welcomed Leah Williams to the solo horn seat. Leah has been solo horn with Sellars International since the start of 1999 where she has established herself as one of the country’s leading horn players.

Paul McDonald has joined the solo cornet bench from Ransomes where he was playing principal cornet, he brings a wealth of experience to the band having previously been a member of Faireys, Grimethorpe and Desford. Following the departure of Nicky Lees Fodens final signing has been Sion Thomas a pupil of Russell Grays at the RNCM who is joining the band on back row.

Speaking about the new signings Mark Wilkinson stated ' 2002 has been an excellent year for the band with a number of contest victories and the signing of a major sponsorship deal. Our latest signings will further
strengthen the band and maintain our position as one of the leading bands in the country'


New horizons for Jersey as MD heads to Spain

July 20 • Jersey Premier Brass will be led by a new MD as their inspirational founding conductor Tim Pritchard prepares to take his leave to Spain.

St Dennis

Greenwood makes return link to St Dennis

July 20 • Darren Hawken and St Dennis Band will be hoping a new link to a former MD will keep St Dennis on the track to further success.

Martin Smith

Sounds of the euphonium returns to St Martin-in-the-Fields

July 20 • Martin Smith of Horsham Band keeps his comeback on a high profile track with a forthcoming performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London.


Footscray-Yarraville prepares for European homage

July 20 • Footscray-Yarraville City Band prepares for an emotional tour of Europe with a fund raising initiative to help them on their way.

Roberts Bakery Band - Bluedot Festival

Saturday 21 July • Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. . The University of Manchester. . Macclesfield, Cheshire SK11 9DL

Medway Band - Higham Church Annual Prom

Saturday 21 July • St. Marys Church. 1 Abbey Farm Cottages . Church Street. Higham. Rochester . ME3 7LS

Lofthouse Brass Band - Oxenhope Railway Station

Sunday 22 July • Oxenhope Railway Station, The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth BD22 8NJ BD22 8NJ

Tendring Brass - Opening Night Concert of the Frinton Mission 2018

Saturday 28 July • Greensward,. Frinton on Sea,. Essex CO13 9DN

Lofthouse Brass Band - Filey Bandstand

Sunday 29 July • Filey Bandstand, The Crescent, Filey YO14 9JS YO14 9JS

Arrow Valley Brass

July 20 • The Band seeks cornet players, front and back row to add to a band steadily improving under Andy Culshaw.. The band is friendly and welcoming and has a good mix of concerts and competitions. . Main rehearsal is on Sunday morning in Inkberrow, Worcs.

Loxley Silver Band

July 19 • Musical Director - We are a friendly, contesting band currently holding a strong position in the fourth section. We have a varied concert/engagement programme in place and we are looking for a Musical Director who can help us to move onwards and upwards.

Bakewell Silver Band

July 19 • Solo Cornet. Bakewell Silver Band are a second section band with a wide ranging contest and concert programme and are seeking a Solo Cornet.

Sandy Smith

Conductor, teacher, adjudicator and arranger