The PolySteel Band’s recent concert under Musical Director Philip Harper at Pershore Abbey proved successful as the band performed to a sell-out crowd, giving it a real boost before it knuckles down to its preparations for the forthcoming Spring Festival in Blackpool. The concert programme provided a mix of music to suit all tastes and there was some exquisite playing from Spencer O’Leary on soprano and Danny Winder on flugel. Commenting MD Philip Harper said: “The concert at Pershore Abbey was excellent and in particular Spencer and Danny were outstanding! The concert was sold out and the audience was demanding more - just as we like it!” Now the band is concentrating on the task in hand with the test-piece for the Grand Shield, Whitsun Wakes. Over the past few years it has proved tough to break into the British Open ranks and the band has provided some excellent performances in the contest, most notably on Tallis Variations in 2003, but this year the band is more determined than ever to try an topple some of the other bands in what will be a tightly fought battle. The band has a few new faces to introduce and revealing them Philip Harper said: “We welcome Chris Weston to the baritone seat vacated due to Roger Thompson's retirement. Roger was the band’s Managing Director with many years of sterling service for which we thank him. We also welcome Danny Jones from City of Bristol to the horn section and Jon Daw is back from retirement to fill the seat in the Bb Bass section.