Raunds Temperance are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Robert Prew as new Musical Director. Robert first played the cornet at the tender age of 8 years old in the Salvation Army in Plymouth. Over his formative years he gradually moved through various instruments, until he arrived at this first love, the Eb tuba. After a sabbatical from brass playing, he joined the Bristol East Band. Following a career move to the Midlands in the early 1980’s – and a short spell with the Langley Band – he found himself in the emerging Desford Colliery Dowty Band under the direction of Howard Snell. Here he enjoyed 7 wonderful years, in what was arguably the best band in the country at that time. Numerous area titles, triple Granada Band of the Year Champions, double BBC Best of Brass Champions, Champion of Champions and finally European Champions, tend to underpin that claim. Having retired from top level playing, Robert turned to conducting, with all that he had learnt from playing under Howard Snell coming to the surface. Taking his first band – Sandy Silver – to third place in National Finals and promoted to third section of banding. Stamford Brass followed, culminating in two appearances in the National Finals and promoted to the first section. A short stint with Cambridge Co-op Band resulted in a return to the Championship Section. His recent time has been deeply involved with Stamford Brass as player, conductor and administrator, and after his appointment of Musical Director he is looking forward immensely to continuing the fine work achieved at Raunds Temperance Band.