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

New MD at Yorkshire Imps

Thursday 27 July, 2017

The Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel Band has announced the appointment of Musical Director (MD) Martin Heartfield. The band has been actively searching for an MD over recent weeks, to work alongside Associate Conductor Russell Gray.

Speaking to British Bandsman, Band Chairman Bob Morton commented: “The band thought it was important to get the right candidate so we were not in a rush to appoint. Having waited and observed many potential candidates, the band was rewarded for its patience with an MD who we feel will be exactly the ‘right fit’. This we felt was important in our drive to honour our illustrious history. Martin’s ability, drive, determination and enthusiasm will push the band back to where we feel it belongs. There is a real buzz around the stands as we wait in anticipation and excitement for Martin’s first official rehearsal as Imps new ‘man in the middle’.”

Martin Heartfield, who will take the baton officially for the first time this evening, Thursday 27 July, commented: “I am delighted and honoured to have the opportunity to work with such a famous band and am looking forward to working with all the players. The plans for the future are ambitious and exciting and I am looking forward to a very successful partnership.”