It is with great sadness that I post the news that our much loved and highly respected Musical Director, Bernard Lawson, passed away suddenly on the morning of Friday, 22nd February. Ringwood and Burley Band was down to 14 players a little over four years ago and, thanks largely to the arrival of Bernard, is now at a playing strength of 28. His remarkable enthusiasm and energy inspired us all. Our thoughts are with his family and friends, which includes every single member of our band. We all count ourselves privileged to have played under Bernard's baton.