Following their recent 3rd place in the Brass at the Guild 3rd section Coppull and Standish welcome four new players to the band ahead of the 4th North West Area qualifiers Due to the departure of Ray Bannister (Flugel) and Lisa Houghton (2nd Horn) for non-band related personal reasons the band welcomes back from retirement John (Josh) Holcroft, Keith Hough, Lyn Ratchford and Chris Ratchford. All four players have ties to other players in the band going back many years, three of them having been members of the now extinct Bedford (Leigh) and Hindley Bands. It was such a waste that players of this calibre were in retirement and it is great news that they will be back amongst friends and colleagues making music again. Chris and Josh have held principle positions at a high standard of banding over the years and their experience will be invaluable for us as we prepare for the area and in the future. As a band we would like to thank Ray and Lisa for the commitment and service and wish them all the best for the future.