New faces at West Ridings
The Brighouse and Rastrick Band are happy to announce three new additions to the band personal.
Phillip Tait and Jamie Cooper recently impressed the band to gain seats on the cornet bench.
Phillip will be replacing Mike Golding on bumper up, who left the band to further his conducting career at Pemberton B band. It is a delight to see Phillip in that particular seat, as his late father, Bryan Tait, sat in the same seat for 2 years with B&R.
Jamie replaces Joey Williams on repiano after 10 years of service at Grimethorpe, having helped the band at Brass in Concert and impressing principal cornet Dominic Longhurst to give him the seat.
Finally, Steve Malcolm replaces Andy Cattanach on Bb bass. Andy left the band in the middle of the year due to work commitments and to spend more time with the family. He now plays for his more local band, Fodens. Steve joins after a short retirement from bass, having had a recent successful spell in conducting Felling and Bon Accord.
Spokesman Ryan Watkins commented, “These welcome additions to the band further strengthen the already impressive members we currently have. Having 23 players who performed at last year’s Areas still in the band, we look to further enhance the stability of the band. It is always sad to see members leave, so the band would like to thank Andy, Joey and Mike for their involvement in the band. A special thanks must also be given to Rob Westacott, Leon Renilson and Gary ‘Tiny’ Procter for helping the band throughout the audition process recently at the British Open and National Finals.”