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Change at the top for Black Dyke

Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Black Dyke Band has announced the retirement of David Allen as the chair of its trustees after 14 years in the role. He has been succeeded by Trevor Caffull (pictured above).

The news brings to an end a successful 18-year tenure as a trustee for David, during which Black Dyke has continued to further its international reputation.

Speaking on behalf of the band, Nicholas Childs, who celebrated 20 years as music director earlier in July, said: “I have been the beneficiary of loyal and consistent support from David in his role as chair of the trustees, and the band are indeed indebted to him for his organisational skills, as well as his personal financial support of the band over such an extended period of time.”

Trevor Caffull, a trustee of Black Dyke Band for the past 10 years, has been appointed chairman and commented: “I would wish to put on record the thanks of the board of trustees to David Allen for his unstinting service to Black Dyke Band over the past 18 years. I am humbled that the trustees have asked me to succeed David and although the current  challenges, which will be familiar to all bands in these days, are significant, I remain optimistic for the future of brass bands generally and in particular for Black Dyke Band.”

Black Dyke Band, reigning Yorkshire Regional champion, recently announced its new partnership deal with Geneva Instruments and is due to represent England at the 2021 European Brass Band Championships in Malmö, Sweden.