New MD for Rushden Town Band

Discussion in 'Bandroom News - User Submitted' started by (re)tired tenor, Mar 22, 2007.

  1. Rushden Town Band, Northamptonshire, is delighted to announce that Phil Lewsey has offered his services as Musical Director for the next 12 months. The current MD, Peter Vine, is looking forward to playing cornet again & will move onto the front row, but will still take the occasional rehearsal or engagement. An ideal solution & great teamwork!

    Phil Lewsey hung up his baton in the early 1990’s. He had considerable success winning the second section area at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, twice with Bedworth then two years later with Ibstock Building Products Band, winning promotion to the Championship section on both occasions. Ibstock enjoyed many contest successes under Phil’s leadership.

    Phil spent considerable time working with George Thompson and Stanley Boddington, and in later years Geoffrey Brand. In gratitude to Stanley Boddington he wrote to the Prime Minister’s office recommending him for an honour, as a result Stanley was awarded an M.B.E.

    Last year Phil was persuaded to take up the baton and help out an old friend, Pete Vine and to take his band to the Midlands area contest (4th Section) at Burton on Trent. A disappointing 11th position was gained, however this year he took the band again and secured a well deserved fifth place.

    Phil has been considering returning to the band scene for a couple of years. Rushden Town Band’s attitude and enthusiasm has been so impressive he has accepted the band’s offer to retain him for the next 12 months. Phil will be looking to fill a few empty chairs and get cracking training the band, to win promotion, and to give the band an air of presence on any stage it may take. Phil realises this represents a major challenge and is a world apart from when he put his baton away 15 years or so ago, but he is looking forward to it!

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