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Some new and shiny additions

Derwent Brass are pleased to announce the arrival of some new faces within the ranks!

Following the departure of both Jake Thompson and Pete Hylton on Tuba due to work changes and commitments, stalwart player Rob Stew has moved from Euphonium to Eb Bass and new lad Nic Bracegirdle is settling in very well following a move to us from Silk Brass on Bb Bass.

The vacancy left on bumper up Euphonium by Rob Stew was quickly filled, following various applications, by the very competent and ambitious Ashley Hewson who was previously playing Principal Euphonium at the local Melton Band.

We are now also very excited to boast what has to be our strongest percussion section to date! Firstly, following a short sabatical, we are delighted to see the fantastic Lee Gibert back with us who formed part of the prize wining percussion section at the 2012 Wychavon Festival of Brass. And last, but by no means least, Ross Alexander (colleague of our legendary dep and former member Dave Armshaw) completes a now regular and talented 5-man percussion team. Ross joins us from his most recent spell with the 2013 3rd Section Midland Area Champions, the Hucknall and Linby band, but previously has played for some of the countries finest brass bands including Newstead and also the famous Flowers band. Check out the player sections of the band's website for full resumes.

"It’s very pleasing to be able to find such able additions to bolster the ranks in such a short period. Perhaps we are doing things right and the image, reputation and camaraderie of Derwent Brass stands us in good stead." Keith Leonard, Musical Director

To give the enhanced team at the back an extra boost, the band are also very pleased with a deal they recently secured with the fantastic guys at Ev-Entz (based in Wales), on a full set of shiny copper timpani, together with a couple of other quality, but smaller upgrades! We are also very keen to thank not only the full team at Ev-Entz for supporting the band with their recent purchases, but also one of the country's finest percussionists, Alun Hathaway (brother to our very own Sion), for his expert and continued advice.

For more on Ev-Entz, visit: www.ev-entz.co.uk

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