The band has been saddened to learn of the death of one of it's honorary members and long time supporters. Mick was the husband of Carol, our Treasurer and lead flautist.
From the time of Carol joining the band in it's early days, Mick was was an unfailing attendant with her at rehearsals and concerts, always helping with chairs, refreshments, banners and all the things that go on in the background. His jovial presence as an active though non-playing member will be very much missed.
We are sorry to learn that Andy has decided to leave the band after leading the trumpet section for some 18 years. While trumpet players have come and gone over the years, Andy has always been a stalwart member and we are very sad to lose such an accomplished musician from the brass section. We wish him well for his future musical activities.
A very warm welcome to Ruth Batchelor who has joined us on flute, and welcome back to Paul Shone on bassoon from a two year absence on work in Indonesia.