The East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band are delighted to confirm that Bob Childs will be conducting them at next month's North Of England Brass Band Championships. This will be Bob's first contest with the Band for over 10 years; his last appearance was at the 1997 National Finals, although he has conducted the Band since on the concert stage. Bob, along with fellow peripatetic teacher Dixon Laing, was responsible for the formation of this Band in September 1989, and conducted it regularly until 1997, when his other commitments had to take precedence. During this time, the Band went from a fledgling fourth section Band to an established Championship Band with two Albert Hall appearances to their name. Bob also oversaw the Band change its name from the City of Hull Band, to the East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band following the financial support provided by the local coach company - support that still continues to this day. Only four players remain in the Band from Bob's last contest conducting work, the husband and wife teams of John & Julia Mathews, and David & Kirsty Fox. Solo Baritone player John was delighted as Chairman to announce to the Band that Bob would be returning to conduct the Band at the North of England Area. He continued, "Following the sudden departure of Jim Davies, this announcement gave the Band real, and immediate lift. We all realise that Bob has exacting standards, and that we all have a huge amount of work to complete both prior to his first rehearsal, and with him in the Bandroom, but it is a great opportunity for the Band to regain the momentum created at last years Albert Hall performance". As reported elsewhere, Duncan Beckley will be working with the Band prior to Bob's arrival, but as Duncan already has a full diary, the Band will also be using other conductors, including Garry Oglesby who will be taking some rehearsals and a concert in Grimsby on the 16th February. Band Chairman John Mathews said, "The Band hasn't advertised for a replacement MD at the moment, as we have made arrangements for the Area, and will be announcing shortly who will be taking the Band to the Spring Festival. This planning for the short term, gives the Band the opportunity to consider all of the options for replacing Jim, including speaking to several parties who have expresed an interest, and then if required to advertise the position".