Press release: 08 Jan 2012 --- The 2011 Brass in Concert champions, Leyland have announced the signing of Iain Culross as their new principal cornet. The former top man at Faireys, YBS, Brighouse & Rastrick, Carlton Main Frickley and Sellers will take over from John Doyle who has moved to the soprano seat. Iain commented to 4BR: "I’m really looking forward to working with Leyland. They are a great band and have a very well-run organisation in place as well as a number of exciting projects on the horizon. I would also like to thank my former band mates and especially my good friend Russell Gray for my time at Fairey, and wish them all the very best for the future." Leyland has been busy scouting for new talent over the Christmas period, and has also announced the signing of Meghan Quane on repiano cornet. Meghan who played in the band’s recent Brass in Concert win, hails from the Isle of Man and is studying at the RNCM. Meanwhile, Manchester University student Jonti Smith has joined on second euphonium after a stint at Rothwell Temperance, whilst Hiroko Koizumi joins on second horn – although she will be returning to Japan after the Area Championships in Blackpool. Hiroko usually plays with Tokyo City Concert Brass. MD Leigh Baker said: "The appointment of an experienced and stylish principal cornet and three further high quality signings will reinforce the band ready for 2012. It’s more exciting news for the band and we are all straining at the bit to make music together after the holidays."