The Band Members at the Abraham Darby Specialist School for the Performing Arts, Madeley, Telford will be saying goodbye to one of their long-standing Musical Directors at the end of the Christmas Term when Wayne Ruston leaves the school after having conducted the Abraham Darby Senior Brass Band (sponsored by Dalvie Systems) at the school for the last 11 years. He has decided to resign his current position as a result of his growing business interests and his other musical commitments. These have left Wayne feeling he was spreading himself too thinly and feeling that now was the right time to move on. Wayne Ruston was a former pupil of the school and has been a stalwart of music at the school, dedicating many long hours to the Music Department and to a long line of individual pupils, guiding them through their musical development, not only as the brass bands musical director but as a teacher of low brass. Under Wayne’s direction the Senior Brass Band had been very successful in various Festivals and Contests with them appearing in the National Festival of Music for Youth every year since 1998 resulting in the award of the Highly Commended Award in 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2005. The Band had also achieved success in the National Youth Brass Band Championships with them being close runners up in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Another prestigious event that the Brass Band has participated in is the Action Research UK Youth Entertainment Contest held in the Winter Gardens Blackpool and a 1st Prize in the Youth Brass Band Class at the 2005 World Youth Music Festival that was held in Zurich, Switzerland. The Senior Brass Band will continue and will attend the various forthcoming events over the next few months they had committed to. This will see them compete at the Action Research Contest in February, and participating in the Regional Heat of Music for Youth. In April they will participate in the Schools Section at the National Youth Brass Band Championships held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In the intervening period between now and when a successor is appointed, the Brass Band will be under the baton of Simon Platford. Wayne’s final appearance will see him conduct the Brass Band at the School’s Christmas End of Term Concert on Monday 18th December. Simon Platford, the School’s Director of Performing Arts said “that he, the Band, the Supporters of Music at Abraham Darby School (SMADS) and the School all wish Wayne every good wish for the future and that we are all very sorry to see him end his very long association with the school. Wayne has been a major part of the musical success that the school has enjoyed over the past eleven years and has on numerous occasions gone well beyond the call of duty, often giving up evenings and weekends to take part in either rehearsals or performances. Everyone connected with the school wishes him all the very best for the future”.