A number of changes in the line-up at Epsom & Ewell Silver Band have led to a reshuffle as the band prepares for its first outings of 2013.
The band welcomes Mark Goodwill on Eb bass, who has signed on a long-term basis, and also Alison Knight on 2nd euphonium, who will be helping the band for the Area contest at Stevenage.
Meanwhile Chris Hobdey moves to solo baritone, acting as maternity cover, and Claire Slee returns to the band on 2nd baritone for the next couple of months. Elsewhere in the band, military man Lewis Shaw has moved from the solo cornet bench to take up the soprano cornet chair, and Dan Temple has been 'supersized' onto BBb bass.
Musical Director Jack Smith is confident that these changes will play to the band's strengths: "We now have a full-line up of strong players across the bass section and middle of the band, which will compliment and support the other sections enormously. 'The Plantagenets', which we will be playing at the Oxfordshire & District Association contest in preparation for Stevenage, requires both strength and depth of sound from across the band. Despite the number of recent changes, everyone is settling in well, and we are already shaping a very promising performance of this demanding work."
The band still has a vacancy for a tutti cornet player (front or back row) - for further information and contact details, please click here
Epsom & Ewell Silver Band will also be playing at the 'Herald of Spring' festival at Bourne Hall, Ewell, over the first weekend of March (date & time TBC).