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Brighouse appoints Westacott in dual role

Friday 16 June, 2017

The Brighouse and Rastrick Band has announced the appointment of Rob Westacott in the dual role of Chairman and assistant principal cornet.

Rob is one of the most respected cornet players of his generation, having recently been principal cornet of Grimethorpe Colliery and assistant principal at the Black Dyke. In addition, Rob has held the ‘end chair’ at Tredegar, Leyland, City of Bradford and Hepworth while, for the past four years, he has had a successful spell as Musical Director of the Slaithwaite Band.

During the recent Brighouse and Rastrick Band's Annual General Meeting (AGM), Rob's support for the band as a deputy player and outside voice of experience was noted. Consequently, a unanimous vote to approach Rob to serve the band as both a player and leading administrator was made.

Rob commented to British Bandsman: “It is an honour to accept the position of Chairman of Brighouse and Rastrick. I have had a long association with the band as a player and it is a great opportunity to share my years of experience with a great backroom team. To be offered a playing position alongside my Chairman duties was an unexpected bonus. It was a tough decision to leave my conducting position at Slaithwaite - but playing at the Europeans this year with Brighouse proved to me how much I miss playing at the highest level.”

Rob continued: “I would like to thank Slaithwaite for taking me on as a rookie Musical Director and believing in me for four years. I would also like to give thanks to Professor David King for his continued support, backing my appointment as Chairman and inviting me to rejoin as a player.”

Spokesman for Brighouse Ryan Watkins commented: “Rob has regularly helped the band for the past two years on the contest and concert stage, and has essentially been considered as an unofficial member. To officially sign Rob is an extremely exciting addition at Brighouse. His skills, experience and wisdom are already benefitting the band.”