Leyland's cornet section has recently experiences a boost following the signing of three new players. Laura Hirst is filling the Repiano seat, whilst Richard Walker has been signed on 2nd Cornet. Leyland are delighted to have Laura with them in London after her recent high profile departure from Fairey’s where she earned plaudits for her work on Principal Cornet. Richard returns to Leyland after a 14 year break, having recently helping Freckleton to an impressive 2nd place at the 1st Section Finals in Harrogate. In welcoming Laura and Richard, Leyland wishes to place on record their thanks to Damian O’Reilley (DJ) and Grant Taylor, who both fulfilled their final engagement with the band, the 2010 British Open (Symphony Hall, Birmingham) after a considerable amount of dedication and commitment over the years. They both leave with the band with thanks and best wishes. In addition, Swiss player Lucien Rey has claimed a seat in Leyland's cornet section. Lucien has joined Leyland in time to make his debut at the Royal Albert Hall when the band competes in the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain on the 9th October. Arriving in Manchester to study Business Economics at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Lucien was recommended to Leyland by his current cornet tutor, Roger Webster. The band is delighted to welcome another international player to its ranks, which already includes players from Norway, Luxembourg and Australia. Meanwhile, Leyland also announces the signing of Jonathan Hooper on Bass Trombone. A freelance musician/teacher, Jon brings incredible talent and experience to the Band, having played with many of the country’s leading Brass Bands and Orchestras, including the Halle and the BBC Philharmonic. Jon replaces longstanding Bass Trombone player Kevin Wilson, who leaves Leyland with everyone’s best wishes and sincere thanks for his efforts over many years with the Band.