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Wednesday 12 July, 2017

Elland Silver Band has announced that Samantha Harrison, the band's long-standing principal cornet player, has decided to step down. Sam has been principal cornet with the band since 2001, when she returned from playing with BT and Yorkshire Imperial bands. Samantha has decided to move to a less demanding role within the band so she can focus on her conducting and teaching work with our youth and training bands.

“It been an incredibly busy time at Elland. I put so much into working with the youth band and my teaching, that I feel the time is right to step down and hand over the position to a talented player who has the passion to lead the band forward as it develops in the Championship Section. I am delighted to say that the band has found a fabulous successor, and I wish them every success. I have no intention of leaving the senior band and am really looking forward to a new role,” explained Sam.

A spokesperson told BB: "The band would like to thank Sam for her years of dedication to the role and fabulous leadership. Sam will now take over the flugel horn position from Pete Laidler. Pete has decided to retire from the band after being a member since around 2005, to concentrate on building a new family home. Pete has been a top bandsman, and will be greatly missed by the band. We would also like to wish good luck to Bethan Plant, the band's repiano cornet player. Bethan has been a member of the band she was seven years old and has come through our youth band into the senior band. We are extremely delighted to see Bethan take up the repiano cornet seat with Grimethorpe Colliery Band."

"The repiano seat has been filled by Adam Albinson, who was previously principal cornet of Middleton Band and is currently studying at Salford University. We would also like to welcome Steven Armitage on BBb bass. Steven takes over from Kai Spencer, who will take up the vacant Eb bass position until he starts university in September. Steven has recently played with Milnrow Band, but is an old friend of the band, having helped out on numerous occasions in the past. It's always sad when players leave and move on to pastures new. However, it's great to welcome to the band new players who are keen to develop our status in the Championship Section. I am really looking forward to the season ahead,” said Musical Director, Danny Brooks.