The Reg Vardy Band are delighted to announce the return of star bass trombone player Gareth Sykes. Gareth, who left in 2007 after 6 very successful years, said "I am excited to be back in the band after an absence of three years. I have spent the last twelve months broadening my musical horizons with various engagements on both tenor and alto trombone. I’m looking forward to returning to my first love, bass trombone and working with the Reg Vardy Band on some interesting new projects. It’s nice to be home!!" Gareth was deputising towards the end of last year with the band and played in the 5th place performances at The Royal Albert Hall and Brass in Concert. Gareth replaces Jeff Bryant, who is stepping down due to family commitments. Principal trombone Chris Bentham said "I am delighted that Gareth has agreed to come back to the band. He is a terrific bandsman and great friend to the band. Jeff will be missed but will still remain a signed member and will play with the band when he can. We'd like to thank him for his hard work and dedication, especially over recent months which have been particularly difficult for him."