The Ipswich and Norwich Co-op Band are pleased to be able to announce the appointment of their new Principal Cornet, Hannah Cook. Hannah takes up the position, joining from the Cawston Band where she held the same position. She has previously helped us out on the front row and is considered to be one of the most talented and committed bands-people in East Anglia. We are delighted that she has agreed to join the band leading the Cornet section on a permanent basis and I’m sure that she will be a great asset to us over the coming months and years. The band are also pleased to welcome other recent new signings in the shape of Lisa Hodge on Cornet (from Martlesham Brass), Linda Kemp on Cornet (from Queensland Wind and Brass, Australia), Adrian Kirby on 2nd Euphonium (from Woodbridge Excelsior) and Claire Cornell on 2nd Trombone (from Colchester Band). We would like to take this opportunity to welcome them all to the band and to also publicly thank Stephanie Kenna, Andy Shipp and Steve Gilbey for all their hard work over the years. We wish them well in their future musical adventures but are sad to see them have to leave due to work and college commitments. It has been a phenomenal year for the band with our highlights being a fantastic joint concert with the Whitburn Band the night before the All England Masters; a return to the East Anglian Brass Band contest and the recording of the bands’ first CD “A Suffolk Prelude” which has received much radio airtime and critical acclaim. Despite, unfortunately, being unable to avoid ‘the drop’ to the First Section for 2007 the band are very optimistic that, with our new signings on board, we can move forward and fight for a swift return to the top flight at the areas in March. We are now in the fantastic position of only needing 1 more player (Sop - applications welcome) for a full compliment of full-time members, something that is very rare in East Anglia, and are looking forward to a gala concert with Alan Morrison in Bury St. Edmunds in October and an invitation to the Butlins Championships in January amongst our many other engagements.