It's been a busy time recently for Christchurch (NZ) based band Canterbury Brass and looking forward to a successful 2012 the band has strengthened it's ranks. Ian & Debbie Lester have recently joined on 1st Baritone & 3rd Cornet respectively. Ian hails from the UK although has been living in New Zealand since the mid-70s. In NZ he has been a member of numerous 'National' bands and prior to moving out here played with Hanwell Band & Tredegar Town under the late great John Childs. Adrian Dalton has also joined the band on BBb Bass. Adrian and his young family have just moved to post-earthquake Chch having spent the last four years in Ireland, he and his Olive backpacked NZ in 2003 (where he played for us at our national contest in Rotorua) and have now realised their dream of kiwi life. He is a former member Flowers Band (Gloucester) as well as playing with Sellers International (Huddersfield) and Bournemouth Concert Brass in his native Dorset. The band has a number of public parks concerts over the remaining summer months as Chch continues to recover from the earthquakes of 2011. It's business as usual here now for the band and we hope to announce more high-quality signings in the near future.