The band is delighted to report the new additions to the band of Rachel Taylor, solo Horn, Jane Pritchard, 1st horn, George Raggatt, repiano, David Rutt, flugel and Dan Slater on Bass trombone. We are still hoping to enlist a 2nd euphonium and a Bb bass. We are very grateful to Kevin Bright, who is continuing his association with the band after relinquishing his position on bass trombone due to pressure of work, by playing percussion as and when required. The feeling amongst the band is very up-beat and all are looking forward to the Wychavon Contest and the Charity Concert at the Symphony Hall in October when we will be joined by the Tredegar Town Band and over 100 volunteer players from bands of the West Midlands Brass Bands Association. Eight male voice choirs are involved, four of them Welsh, plus the City of B'ham Young voices and the West Midlands Police Corps of Drums - all under the baton of Steve Pritchard-Jones. However, this concert will be tinged by a great deal of sadness as it will be the last engagement conducted by Steve Pritchard-Jones. Steve has decided that he cannot devote the necessary commitment to the band due to the other calls on his time, such as adjudicating and guest conducting. However, he has agreed to stay until the band makes a new appointment.