This Thursday - May 7th - the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band will be holding an open rehearsal at the Town Hall, Hessle. Starting at 8pm (finishing at 10pm, and with free entry) this rehearsal will give any interested people the opportunity to see the Band being put through its paces, prior to its appearance in the 2009 Grand Shield Contest on Saturday 9th May. Conducting the Band is the Belgian maestro, Frans Violet, who has a world wide reputation as a successful conductor. Frans conducted the Band twice in 2008, coming 9th in the National Finals, and winning the Senior Cup to qualify the band for the Grand Shield. Success in this years Grand Shield would see the Band qualify for the British Open for the first time in its history.