Comings and Goings

2012 proved a year of changes, some good and some unfortunate.

We welcomed Major Graham Mizon as our new Executive Officer who also proved to be a very useful 1st Horn player. Only a few months later he and his wife were appointed to be the Corps Officers at the Regent Hall. We valued Graham’s brief presence with us and now we wish him and Dawn every blessing in their new ministry.

Resulting from Graham’s association with the band we have been pleased to have his son Tim playing with us from time to time. Now that father has moved on we are hopeful that Tim will still be able to continue playing 2nd Horn.

Over the years we have valued Roger Webber’s input on the back row of the cornets. We are sorry that circumstances have meant that he has had to leave us.

It has been good to have Bill Scott playing BBb Tuba these past twelve months. Unfortunately eye problems are making driving, particularly in the dark, rather difficult. It is therefore with regret that Bill has decided to leave the band. Your commitment has been appreciated Bill, and we wish you and Jill well for the future. We now welcome Roy Scott to take Bill’s place…no relation!

During the past few years we have come to appreciate the percussion input provided by Michael Scannell. Michael is no longer a blissful teenager and has now joined the RAF as a medic. We will miss you Michael, but wish you every success in your chosen career.

The past few months have seen Ken Stones and John Street indisposed with health problems, both requiring surgery. News so far is good and we look forward to their return to band duties in the new year. Following his health problems which precluded him being with the band for the Belfast trip, Howard Bowes is making a good recovery and is back with us again.  Derek Saunders is still recovering from ear surgery. We miss you Derek and pray for your recovery.

We were pleased to have Derek Yates back with us in a deputising role for the last few concerts of 2012. The even better news is that he is now rejoining us permanently on 2nd Horn.