Its been an interesting few months for the famous Dobcross Silver Band, having losing there MD through retirement from conducting and various players deciding to leave for a number of reasons the future looked a little bleak. However, with a little hard work from members of the band and a little luck, the future looks extremely bright. With an ambitious MD, Kenny Pain and a band that has commitment, loyalty and self belief they have not only attracted 1 or 2 new players but a fantastic 12 new players, Achieving this by retaining a strong sense of banding integrity. The band was sorry to see a players leave, such as Ben Halstead (Soprano )who is starting at the Royal Welsh College of Music in September, James Brookes (Euphonium) and Adam Nield (Cornet)have decided to fly the Dobcross nest and move to other bands. As we all know this is part of banding, people come and people go, but one thing is for certain we wish them all the very best in the future. It’s been many years since Dobcross Silver Band were in the top tier of banding and at one stage a few years ago the band were even down to single figures, but with hard work Dobcross began the slow climb back up the ladder. Being able to now boast a full band with some extremely talented and experienced players the climb will no doubt steadily gather momentum. With a horn section that any band would be jealous of, a youthful Euphonium section that is already impressing the MD; if you put that all together with the rest of the band and with a few months hard work, Dobcross Band will once again be showing that they are heading in the right direction ……up.