John Proctor has handed in his resignation letter and will be leaving Ifton Band at Christmas. He has been associated with the band for a number of years, firstly as a stand in conductor, when the previous MD went to IRAQ on a tour of duty, and then taking over the helm permanently in June 2004. John has been a major force in building up the band and has seen success at local competition level winning both the Oswestry and Chester music festivals. The band has also made a return to the competition arena with visits to Wychavon Festival of Brass. His wife and the band's Principle Cornet, Francis, will also leave the band at the same time. The band are currently seeking replacements and hope to hold auditions in January. For futher information go to www.iftonband.co.uk.