16 Apr 2015
Enderby Senior Band is pleased to announce the signing of three new players, as it looks forward to a new era.
Filling the vacant 2nd horn seat is Neil Orton. Neil is returning to playing after a two year break, and brings with him a wealth of experience having played for a number of First and Championship Section Bands previously.
Meanwhile the band would like to welcome Alex Baldwin on Soprano Cornet. Alex is a former student of London College of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire, and joins the band after helping on the Solo Cornet bench for last year’s Wychavon, Leicester and Milton Keynes contests.
Finally the band is delighted to announce that its new Principal Cornet is Sean Doughty. Sean is well known to the whole Enderby Organisation, having cut his playing teeth in the Youth Band and progressing into the Senior Band, before leaving to take the principal Cornet Seat at City of Coventry Band. He returns to the band as a student of Music Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. Current Principal, Trevor Hounsome will take the Assistant Principal’s seat and will be on hand to support Sean’s development as a player. A Senior Band spokesman stated:
‘We’re pleased to have secured three very good players in quick succession, especially after a disappointing performance at the Area and the departure of our conductor, Simon Jones. Neil has played for the likes of Banks’ Brewery, Jaguar Cars and Jackfield amongst others in the past, so adds crucial strength in depth to the band and it’s always good to see retired players coming back to banding. Alex is clearly a very accomplished player, and we think he will prove a real asset on such a key seat, and of course we're delighted to welcome Sean back to the Enderby fold. All three are fitting in really well and we’re looking forward to the future together.’
In fact Sean’s return brings the total number of current and former Youth Band players now playing in the Senior Band to ten – which is something the whole organisation is immensely proud of, and speaks of the success of its player development program. The band now has a busy few months as it prepares for the Woodfarm Contest, Whit Friday and Pershore Festival of Brass, as well as auditioning applicants for the vacant Musical Director’s role. The spokesman added:
‘The combination of the Area result and Simon’s departure could be seen by some as the start of a downturn in the band’s fortunes, however we made real progress last year and the Area was simply a bad day at the office. With these signings we have filled two vacant seats and significantly strengthened our front row, and we are very pleased with the number and quality of the applicants for the MD’s role. It’s going to be a busy few weeks now as we try to prepare for the contest while running MD auditions in parallel, but the band’s outlook is very positive indeed and we are looking forward to the rest of 2015 and the future.'