The East Yorkshire Motor Services Band has been busy during the transfer window with four new signings to strengthen the ranks ahead of the Nationals. The relocation of Kevin and Jayne Moxon in September left vacancies on Soprano and 2nd Cornet. The Band have been fortunate in securing the services of John Belton on Soprano Cornet who has helped the band out previously, playing with distinction at The Spring Festival 2007, and comes to EYMS from the Wakefield Metropolitan Band. On 2nd Cornet, Thomas Kennedy joins the Band from the Powerfuel Hatfield Colliery Band, following in the footsteps of his brother Andrew (2nd Euph), and Uncle Stewart (Front row cornet) - considerably lowering the average age of the cornet section in doing so! With 2nd Baritone Steve Ornsby standing down recently to spend more time with his family, the Band have enlisted the talented Sarah Evans who has recently moved back to Hull having until recently, been playing 2nd Euphonium for Bournemouth Concert Brass. The icing on the cake for the Band is the filling of the Principal Cornet seat, which has remained vacant since Steve Rudhall returned to New Zealand after “The Nationals” in October 2007. The Band were fortunate to be able to call on several players who have helped out on the end chair, notably the Band’s own Stewart Kennedy who excelled on Festival Music at the areas, and Jef Vermeiren for Elgar Variations at The Spring Festival 2008. The first round of the Kippax Band Club Entertainments Contest saw Neil Day filling the seat in the Band’s winning performance, and the Band are very happy to announce that Neil has accepted the position of “Top Man” with immediate effect, moving from the same position with the Thoresby Colliery Band, bringing with him a wealth of talent and experience. Band Chairman Tony Newiss said” We have operated without a permanent Principal Cornet for almost a year as we were looking to add that (something special) to enhance the talent already present in the bandroom to move the Band forward. We believe we have now found that. We are approaching a very busy period both in terms of Contest / Concert work and in the Band’s history with our 20th Anniversary next year. All four will make their contest Debut at The Royal Albert Hall in October having already cut their teeth with Concerts at Cockermouth, and The Sage, Gateshead, in September. We wish John, Thomas, Sarah, and Neil a hearty welcome and a long and successful time at EYMS.