New faces at Wingates Band

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by Anno Draconis, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Wingates Band has had a busy period of rebuilding and consolidation during the last few months, with a number of new players joining and following the recent band AGM the band has made some changes in its management structure. A new Chairman has been appointed, bass trombone player Adrian Bird, along with a largely new committee. A spokesman for the band had this to say: ‘Following Andrew Berryman’s return as Musical Director and a number of changes in the playing members, a number of new people have expressed an interest in getting involved with the running of the band. We regard this as an enormously positive thing and have encouraged all of those who want to get involved in the running of their band to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in! This has given long serving Chairman Barry Bentley the chance to take a rest from the arduous day-to-day demands of running the band, a job he has done very effectively for many years, and let a new team take some of the strain. The band wish to place on record their unreserved gratitude to Barry for his tremendous service during one of the band’s most successful periods in its recent history, including the victories at the Senior Cup and French Open contests and the successful US tour in 2007. Wingates were pleased that Barry accepted the position of Vice President in recognition of all the work he has done. Barry will be remaining registered as a player and the band look forward to playing at his wedding in December.’

    The band also welcomes their latest new recruits Lucy Robinson on tuned percussion and Adam Parr on Horn. We would also like to thank veteran E flat bass player John Clough, who has decided to have a break from banding for a few months. John’s distinguished career includes playing with Brighouse on their famous “Floral Dance” recording, and during his time with Wingates has been both a stalwart of the bass section and Band Sergeant.

    Following a successful joint concert with Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band on Saturday 17 March, the band is now looking forward to a busy few weeks of concerts before getting to work on Peter Graham’s “On the Shoulders of Giants” for the Grand Shield.”

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