Press Release: Parc & Dare Band September 11th 2005 Ahead of their participation in the First Section National Championships at Harrogate later this month, the Parc & Dare Band are pleased to announce the signing of a number of new players who join the band in their bid for the National First Section title The band would firstly like to welcome to the percussion section Simon Brittlebank, a student at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama who joins the band after accompanying them on their tour to Canada in June earlier this year. Simon joins James Andrews and long-standing member Huw Griffiths to complete the team of three required for the newly rescored Pageantry. Also joining Parc & Dare for their trip to Harrogate is young Japanese euphonium player Shoko Morimoto. Shoko, much-admired former solo euphonium of Mid Rhondda Band, will be playing baritone for Parc & Dare at the Finals. The band are then pleased to welcome back a number of former members: John Hendy, long-standing member of the orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, returns to the Parc & Dare trombone section, Tom Eveson makes a welcome return to the band in the assistant principal chair after relocating to South Wales from London and his position as principal cornet of the Welwyn Garden City Band, and stalwart Hugh Williams returns to the band to join Louise Hanslow on Eb Bass. Finally the Parc & Dare Band is most pleased to welcome back Adrian Morton to the band and the principal cornet seat. Adrian, a well respected brass tutor in the greater Gwent area, was long-standing principal cornet of a number of bands including Lewis-Merthyr, the former G.U.S. Band and, of course, Parc & Dare. The band is most pleased to welcome Adrian and the other new members into the red, black & gold of a Parc & Dare uniform. These new signings, combined with the others made from Tredegar and Mid Rhondda since last year’s National Finals, place Parc & Dare in a strong position to improve upon the position of second place which they attained in Harrogate last year. The band would like to take this opportunity to thank those members who are no longer part of the organisation and wish them the best in their future endeavours.