Silk Brass would like to express their thanks to Paul Andrews for all his hard work with the band over the last two months. Paul stepped in to help the band out during one of their busiest periods this year, while their resident conductor, Jim Cant is recovering from illness. Paul’s first engagement with the band was at Whit Friday, where they picked up a best first section prize and best trombone section prize from the seven venues they competed at. Next on the list was a banding marathon, which saw Silk performing at two hymn and march contests and an evening concert all in one day. Finally over the last two weekends Paul has found himself down on the farm with Silk Brass, when they performed at a concert at Silk’s Eb bass player’s farm, which had been turned into a wild west ranch for the evening, followed the next weekend by a concert to over 700 people at a potato farm in Chelford. Bandmaster, Bob Goodwin said “it has been a very hectic couple of months, but the band has turned out some excellent performances and Paul has a brilliant rapport with our audiences. We are immensely grateful to Paul, for all the work he’s put in to help make our early summer engagements such a success”. Silk Brass will now be working towards their performance at the National Finals in Harrogate in September, under the baton of Dave Holling, who steered them to qualification at the Area contest in Blackpool in March.