Corby Silver Band would like to announce the appointment of Richard Graves as their new Musical Director. Richard is a man of many talents he is well known for his cornet playing. In 1975 he went to study trumpet atTrinity College in London. Whilst he was there, one of his tutors was Norman Burgess who was principal trumpet player for the BBC concert orchestra. He left college with numerous qualifications including, F.T.C.L., L.T.C.L. and A.R.C.M. When playing with Luton Band, Richard has appeared on BBC radio's Listen to the band and Friday night is music night, BBC television’s Best of brass and featured in a promotional video for MGM cinemas. He has also played as a guest with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC concert orchestra and the BBC radio big band. Richard has also played in many west end shows including Me & my girl and Jesus Christ Superstar. Richard has also played as a guest with top brass bands including, Black Dyke, Desford Colliery, Brighouse, Gus and Fodens Motor Works. Richard also studied conducting whilst at college and in 1980 became Musical Director with the Royston Town band and then Ware Brass in 1990. In 1995 they had a successful tour of the USA where he also appeared as a soloist to celebrate the bands centenary. Richard said of joining Corby Silver Band; that he was looking forward to the new challenge - as Corby have a good core structure to the band and he would enjoy working with and developing a band with a range of ages and standards. Under his leadership he aims to build on the standard of playing and increase the confidence of the players, performing as a good concert band, and continuing to participate in contests as the band’s playing ability continues to improve.