Coventry Festival Band are pleased to announce that Josh Hughes has been appointed as their new Conductor. Josh, who has many years’ experience as a Soprano player, has recently started his honours degree in Photography at Coventry University. He would eventually like to do a PGCE and go into teaching. He hails from the Manchester area and first started playing for his local village band Tottington Public Band. Over the next 4 years he worked his way up from 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] Cornet to Repiano. Josh has a very musical family and in 2007 was invited to play with them in 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Section Haslingden&Helmshore Band. Here he played in numerous contest wins including North West Brass Band National Area Championships, Pontins Championship, and The National Championships of Great Britain. He then moved to Radcliffe Brass Band where he was asked to try what is affectionately known as the “suicide seat” i.e Soprano Cornet. In 2008 Josh was asked to join the world famous BessesO’th Barn Band where he played in many contests both for them and Wardle Youth Band. One of the best moments for Josh was having a first win in over 28 years at the Fleetwood Championship and playing the Soprano solo “Bring Him Home” at a Charity Concert conducted by Paul Hindmarsh from the BBC. More recently he has played with Sovereign Brass Band (Championship Section) including playing in the 2012 Spring Festival at Blackpool and All England International Master in Kettering.