....and particularly to Rob Westacott. Just before Christmas, I was approached by Rob, who had an idea for a cornet solo he wanted arranged for him to play with Grimethorpe. The piece in question was the song "Stars" from the musical 'Les Miserables.' Obviously I jumped at the chance! What arranger wouldn't? Although that said, I was pretty nervous about putting pen to paper for one of banding's biggest names, particularly on such a well-known and loved song... To cut a long story short, the arrangement was completed and copyright permission obtained, and the band featured it on their programme at Parr hall in Warrington on Saturday night. I was in the audience for the premier, and it's very probably the proudest moment of my banding career so far. In fact I'm still buzzing from it now! To anyone interested to hear what the end result was like, there is a recording of the premier here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AalDzl9rgWs - which I took on my phone from the audience... and as it's my arrangement I doubt I'm infringing any intellectual copyright by posting it! So I just wanted to use this forum to thank Rob for the opportunity, and Grimethorpe band for inviting me to come and listen and putting on such an awesome show! It was a very special occasion for me - one that'll definitely stay with me forever. PS: I must also add a vote of thanks to Mike Howley and Grange Moor band who allowed Rob and I to hijack 20 minutes of one of their rehearsals to work out some of the kinks in the scoring. Thankyou!!