Thoresby Colliery Band has announced the appointment of Melvin White and Peter Collins as their new principal and resident conductors. New duo Melvin has been an integral part of the conducting team at Woodfalls and is well known as one of the countries leading brass band conductors. Peter has recently parted company with Foresters Brass 2000 and was also Thoresby’s principal cornet player. Extremely pleased "We are extremely pleased to secure our top two choices for principal and resident conductors and we feel certain that this is the right team for Thoresby", commented Chairman of the band, George Kennedy, to 4BR. 'We are extremely pleased to secure our top two choices for principal and resident conductors, and we feel certain that this is the right team for Thoresby' ~ Chairman, George Kennedy Ambitious He added: "Melvin is a very ambitious and experienced conductor with great results. He has worked with a number of top quality bands during his career and has qualified for the Championship Section National finals on many occasions. Peter has had his own conducting success with Foresters Brass 2000 taking them from the Third Section to the top few bands of the Midland Area First Section. I am sure that both Melvin and Pete will provide a winning formula for Thoresby” New Challenge Melvin White added, “I’m delighted to be working with the band! I really enjoyed my initial visit and felt that there was a super atmosphere and that there is great potential to be realised! I’m really keen to get this association off to a great start”. Peter Collins commented “I am very excited about this opportunity to work with a band that has been close to my heart for many years now. I'm particularly looking forward to working with Melvin and together think that we can make a really positive impact at Thoresby.” Thanks George Kennedy voiced his thanks, on behalf of the band, to all the applicants who showed an interest in the position and would like to wish them all a successful future. Contests Thoresby, with their new look and ambition, will be attending the forthcoming final of the Kippax Entertainment Contest on Sunday, 8 November 2009 where they will compete against EYMS and Drighlington. The band will then move on to the Leicester Contest (own choice test piece) on 29 November 2009 before preparing for an active and prosperous 2010.