Time for everyone to get on the same track

Issue 5956

BB looks at the state of contesting around the banding world

Back row ‘doyens’ reflect on their banding lives

Black Dyke heritage celebrated in Queensbury

Jonathan Bates signs for Foden's

Monday 3 April, 2017

Foden's Band has announced the appointment of Jonathan Bates on Solo Horn. Jonathan makes the trans-Pennine move from Grimethorpe Colliery and will take up his new position in May.

Speaking about the appointment, Band Manager Mark Wilkinson commented: “Foden's is extremely pleased to announce that Jonathan has joined the band to fill a vacancy that has existed since last August. We are extremely grateful to Paul Bennett, Heather Linnell and Helen Varley who have all done a fantastic job covering this vacant position in the interim.”

Commenting on his appointment Jonathan said: “Foden’s has always been a forward thinking band with it's external projects and collaborations, outreach work in the local community with young musicians in the Cheshire area, and various recording projects, so the opportunity to move to the band is an exciting one both as a player and composer. Working with Michael Fowles and Maestro Tovey again will be something for me to cherish after six unforgettable years at the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain (NYBBGB), which I have so much to be thankful for. I am also looking forward to some fresh challenges on this side of the Pennines!”

Michael Fowles commented: “I am delighted that such a talented multi-faceted musician has chosen to join the band. I am sure that he will add another dimension to our already strong team of soloists and writers.”