The Aveley & Newham Band announce that they have parted company with Musical Director Nigel Taken. Nigel's tenure with the band saw him become one of the longest serving conductors of a top ranked band, having been appointed 14 years ago During this time he took the Aveley & Newham Band to 3 regional contest victories, appearing at the National Finals ten times in total during his reign. Nigel also led the band to victories in the Grand Shield in 2006, Yeovil Entertainment Contests, a Butlins Entertainment prize and a 2nd place at the French Open contest. During his leadership the band has also appeared every year at the All England International Masters Contest, something which no over band has achieved. “In ending our association with Nigel Taken we would like to recognise the enormous contribution and commitment to the Aveley and Newham Band by Nigel Taken over the past 14 years. His musicality and band training has been major factor in the past successes of the band and we wish him all the very best for the future.” The Committee, Aveley & Newham Band.