Following our successful concerts at Barton and Gt Eccleston, the good news this month is the appointment of a new Musical Director. After a search lasting six months, the band has decided to appoint Mr John Roberts to the post.
John was born in Manchester and took up the cornet at the age of 7 with his local band Streetfold, which later became Moston and Beswick. He was a member with Streetfold until leaving school when he joined the Royal Air Force College Band at RAF Cranwell as a full time musician. On leaving the RAF John moved away from Manchester to join the Civil Service and took a break from brass banding. After his 6 year break he joined then Championship Section Band Skelmersdale on cornet. John took up the baton with Freckleton in the mid 70’s and later had spells with Longridge, Lancashire Post Band, Poulton and Blackpool before taking another break in the early 90’s. On his return he held the position of Musical Director with the Goodshaw, Skelmersdale, Chorley, Standish and Nelson Bands. John’s highlights as a conductor are winning many contests, gaining promotions and taking a band to the National Finals. John was appointed Musical Director at Pilling in May 2012. On his appointment he said “I would like to thank the band for putting faith in me and I look forward to helping rebuild the band”. The band is very pleased to welcome John and we all look forward to a long and happy relationship. The band would also like to thank all those who have expressed an interest in the post of Musical Director and also those who have helped out in any way during during our spell without conductor, in particular, Ian Bateson who came forward to take our concerts and Steve Simpson who took us to the National Championship round in Blackpool, where we got a great result.
Our next big event is the annual open air entertainment contest at Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday 17th June. For those interested, it's a great day out, with up to a dozen bands each marching into the square, then playing a 22 minute programme of own choice music aimed at entertaining the audience. We have traditionally done well at this contest, bringing home several trophies in each of the last few years. This year we have a very short time to prepare under John Robert's baton, but hope to continue the tradition.
The band is still fairly depleted in numbers and we would be very grateful if anyone interested in joining us could make contact via the website or by contacting secretary Emily Hallett. We have particular vacancies for cornet, horn and trombone players and would ask anyone, regardless of experience, to come along and have a blow...you never know, you may like it!
Written 24/05/2012 by Jack Isles