The Flowers Band are pleased to announce more new exciting signings after a great performance at National Brass Band Finals last month. Although the performance didn’t find favour with the judges, a 13th place finish was disappointing, but, the performance was very pleasing for MD Paul Holland and the band. We wish to congratulate our friends at Brighouse and Rastrick and Professor David King on their victory! Their win must have been down to the banter that we enjoyed with Professor King in our dressing room prior to our and their performances! The build up to the finals was met with some sadness, as we said goodbye to four valued members of the band. One of the members that left is only temporary, our Bass Trombone player James Case is taking a year out of his life to enjoy the sights and sounds of New Zealand and the Rugby World Cup Finals in 2011. We sadly also lost two of the bands longest serving members. Carolyn Chandler has served the band for 28 years, which in today’s banding world is an immense achievement. Steve ‘Weenie’ Jones served 21 years in the band and has left to join current British Open Champions across the water in Tredegar. The fourth member to leave to concentrate of his studies at Wells Cathedral School was Carlton Sykes. Carlton was a valued member of our bass team and was making a great section with Phil, Craig and Jon. We thank Carolyn, Steve and Carlton for their service to Flowers Band and wish them well for the future. Replacing Carlton on Eb Bass is Nick Collier. Nick has moved into the area from Up North after completing his studies and joins from Rothwell Band. Our second new signing is Ben Stratford, a name to look out for in the future, as a rising Baritone star. We are very excited and pleased to welcome Ben from Lydbrook Band. The band has been very busy since the Nationals Finals, with a concert for the band’s old sponsor and a joint concert with Thundersley Band which was well received. This coming Sunday the band are performing a concert in Cheltenham’s Pittville Pump Rooms for the Holst Birthplace Museum. The band will perform some of the classics of serious English brass band music repertoire such as The Planets, Henry V, Checkmate and Crown Imperial amongst others. On the 3rd November a selection of the band was at Winchcombe Railway Station to film a new kids TV Show called ‘The Find Out Line’. Sporting new uniforms made especially for the show, it was a very enjoyable and interesting day to see how a TV show is filmed. On Halloween, the band recorded the soundtrack in Gloucester, check out the Facebook page and website for short videos and pictures. Flowers Band hopes to announce some further signings before our appearance at Brass In Concert under Garry Cutt on the 21st November.