Grimethorpe Colliery Band has announced that long-serving solo euphonium player Michael Dodd is to leave the band increasing medical issues. Michael, who has won countless solo awards during his 20 years at Grimethorpe and starred in many winning perfromances, commented: “I've been struggling for some time to keep my diabetes under control, and with Grimethorpe's busy schedule I've found it increasingly difficult. This is my 20th year with the band, and although I can barely remember life before Grimethorpe and know I will sorely miss everything about it, this is the right time for me to leave.”
His successor, and a new solo horn player to replace Foden's-bound Jonathan Bates, is expected to be announced in the very near future. A spokesman for the band told BB: "MIchael Dodd's contribution to Grimethorpe Colliery Band is immense and his performances over the past 20 years have placed him amongst the finest euphonium players in the world. We would like to thank Michael and wish him good health in the future."
Meanwhile Grimethorpe has also announced the departure of flugel horn player Laura Hirst, to be replaced from within the ranks of the cornet section by Jamie Smith. The spokesman continued: "We would like to thank Laura for her time at Grimethorpe and wish her success in the future. Jamie, who studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and also stars in the A4 Brass Quartet, is one of the finest players of his generation with a great future ahead of him."