Whaley Bridge Band has announced the departure of its charismatic musical director Marcus Jones.
The band’s official website says: “Marcus joined us in September 2008, when our numbers were low and the band’s future was uncertain. Under his direction the band has gained new members and re-established itself within the local community, helping to secure a brighter future.
“We wish to thank Marcus for giving the band his dedication and commitment during his time with us and wish him well with any future ventures.”
When Marcus took over the band, it was down to eight members. Now there are 32 seniors, a lot of them teenagers, and 22 learners, coming through under the successful scheme that seeks to inspire youngsters.
The band had a very busy festive period in the run up to last Christmas, with two especially well-supported concerts in Whaley Bridge. Throughout the year, it performed at a number of charity concerts, funded by sponsor Cedar Finance. Nearly £2000 has been donated to charities, Daniel’s Light, Blythe House and the Royal British Legion being the main benefactors
Meanwhile regular rehearsals continue on Wednesday evenings. People wishing to book the band should contact Lorraine Jenkins, engagements secretary, on 01298 815 069 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The band is now looking for the services of a new musical director. Applications in writing should be sent to the chairman Sheila Walton, 19 Whaley Lane, Whaley Bridge SK23 7AE.