Besses O'Th' Barn Band (Whitefield, Manchester) are delighted to announce several signings to the band in the past few months, in advance of the 2009 contest season. Joining the cornet team are new Principal Laura Dawson, Solo Cornet Fiona Sharples, Repiano Danielle Wilcock (formerly of BMP Goodshaw), 2nd Cornet Jenny Goy (also BMP), and 3rd Cornet Jack Moores, most recently with the Rossendale Scout Band. Filling the 1st horn vacancy is Victoria Truman who joins after a long and successful spell with Besses Boys Band. Principle Euphonium is filled by Mat Stenson, formerly of Pemberton Old Band, and 2nd Baritone by Steve Hughes, who joins from Eccles Borough. Our new Trombone team consists of Kevin Bradshaw (ex-Middleton), Matt Bown (Dronfield), and Harry Armitage (Prestwich). The bass section is boosted by Jemima Palfreyman (Brunel) and Matthew Bailey (Stalybridge Old), whilst on percussion we welcome Fred Naftel, a professional percussionist and Music Teacher. The band has been rehearsing hard for the last several weeks, preparing for the Preston Contest, and the regional qualifiers at Blackpool in March. For more information, please visit www.besses.co.uk.