I'd like to take the opportunity to use this forum and thank, on behalf of all at Sovereign Brass, Pav - a regular contributor on tMP. When I advertised for a percussionist here on tMP in May 2008 to help the band out at the Grand Shield, Pav PM'd me and offered his help if we were really stuck. We were and he did. Interestingly Pav is a cornet player, but he was having some time out of playing. After the contest, having played the difficult tuned parts perfectly Pav joined and has been a regular ever since and I know one of his recent highlights was playing the glock for us at Pontins on Cloudcatcher with the "Major" in the middle. Pav is now moving to a more local band - 80 mile round trip to us with no expenses! - and a more familiar instrument but has already offered to build a shed at the back for us if we ever need help at a concert or such. It goes to show what a great job he did when last week he was asked by our MD why he had occasional difficulties with one really nasty semi-quaver run. "Because I'm not really a percussionist" was his reply - much to the amazement of the MD and half the band! When it was announced on Sunday that it was Pav's last appearance with the band there was a communal "Awww" from the band, very different to the cheers we normally get when I make those announcements. Thanks Pav, you are a top bander and a top bloke too.