The Brighouse & Rastrick Band is proud to announce the appointment of key players who are joining the Band with immediate effect.

On the Soprano Cornet seat, B&R has secured the immense talent and experience of Alan Morrison. Alan joined the band originally in December 2002 as the Principal Cornet and conducted the band from 2007 for several years. He has been around the fringes of the band since David King joined and played on several contest performances, including the 2010 Nationals win and 2011 Yorkshire Area win. David`s call 8 days before the National this year came as somewhat of a shock from out of the blue but he sold Alan the soprano part and he thoroughly enjoyed the weeks build up and performance.

In discussions with David and Chairman Dean Redfern, Alan quickly became interested in returning to the band full time and is delighted to be a playing member once again, as is the Band.

It also became apparent that the band was looking for a Band Manager and needed some coordinated direction on the admin side, something Alan has often thought he could handle. Alan stated “It quickly became apparent that these 2 opportunities were not to be missed and I look forward to developing the business side of the band as well as being a part of one of the best bands I have ever heard under the inspirational leadership of both David King and Leigh Baker.”

Two further principal chairs have also been filled; Philippe Schwartz moving from the Grimethorpe Band to Principal Euphonium with Brighouse and Steve March joins on Eb Bass.

Originally from Luxembourg, Philippe graduated from the RNCM with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music performance as well as the ‘Harry Mortimer Memorial Trust’ Brass Student of the Year Award. Philippe currently works as a freelance Euphonium soloist and low brass tutor at various private schools in the North-West of England and is also a visiting euphonium tutor at the Folkwang Musikhochschule in Germany.

Having worked with Philippe in the past as guest soloist with National Australia Brass, David King recommended his appointment based on his technical ability and security as a player.

Then there is Steve March. He has helped the Band many times over previous years on both trombone and baritone. Steve returned to the Band for the British Open this year on 2nd trombone but after noticing the vacant Eb Bass seat, and with a little convincing from the players, he worked hard to be at a standard that then helped B&R achieve the 2nd placing at the National Finals. There are not many people who have claimed podium spots at both those competitions on different instruments in the same year, if any!

There has also been a couple of changes within the band. Following the departure of Michael Golding on Assistant Principal Cornet, the band has secured the talents of Hayley Moore. Hayley leaves the principal cornet seat of the Milnrow Band to play 3rd man, with RNCM-student Dominic Longhurst moving up to the 2nd-man position. Finally, the 2nd trombone seat has been permanently filled by 16 year old Ellena Newton, a talented student at the Chethams School of Music, and Steve Lomas has signed on Bass Trombone.

With this mix of experience, youth and talent built onto an already strong band, it is an exciting time for Brighouse & Rastrick Band as they look towards improving on their results in 2016.