Double Celebration for Brighton & Hove City Brass The search is finally over for Brighton & Hove City Brass. The Band is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Hackett as their new Musical Director. Matthew (an experienced brass band MD) has wasted no time in getting the band into shape and has led them to their first success already! The Southern Counties Amateur Band Association (SCABA) held their annual Entertainments Contest at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley this Sunday and the band are really thrilled with their 2nd place prize. Brighton & Hove City Brass have a reputation for putting on a good show and this year was no exception, and with the addition of Matthew’s carefully chosen musical programme the formula was one for success. In this competition, the band competed against and beat Championship section bands, something they are extremely proud of. “There is a real feeling of optimism about the band in general now that Matthew has arrived, he has some new and fresh ideas which is exactly what the band needs in order to move forward”, says Heather Boyling a cornet player in the band. Matthew is also pleased with his new appointment: “When the opportunity arose to take on the challenge of Brighton & Hove City Brass it was too good to turn down. They are a great bunch of people and work really hard. With such a short space of time to get a programme together I am really pleased with how it worked out at Crawley. The work and commitment put in by the Band was well rewarded. Now we can look forward with optimism and I hope there will be many more successes to come.” The band would very much like to express their appreciation for the previous Musical Directors who have stepped in to help them through a troubled time, especially Martin Buss, John Williams and David Hughes. The band are always keen to welcome new members, so if you are a brass player, or have played in the past and fancy picking up your instrument again, check out our website www.brightonbrass.co.uk for details of how to get in touch.