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Saturday 19 June, 2021

The Hammonds Band has announced the return to the organisation of Simon Gresswell on Bb bass.

Simon has a long history with the organisation and holds the notable distinction of being one of only two players to have played for Hammonds Sauceworks Band, Yorkshire Building Band and what is now Hammonds Band. Indeed, he first joined Hammonds Sauceworks Band at 16 years of age when Geoff Whitham was musical director.

The respected performer, who hails from Queensbury, West Yorkshire, has previously played for Black Dyke, Brighouse, Grimethorpe, Desford and the Fairey Band, winning major honours at every turn. He will reform his partnership with Darran West. Simon and Darran won a number of major honours together in the Yorkshire Building Society Band days including British Open wins, European titles and All England Masters victories.

Morgan Griffiths, musical director of Hammonds Band, said: “We are delighted to see Simon return to the band. Simon is an outstanding player and brings with him not just a wealth of experience but a winning mentality. His arrival has already had a big positive impact on the band and is just the boost we need as the band returns from our enforced layoff due to the COVID crisis. We wish him every success back at Hammonds.”

Simon’s arrival sees Dave Long moving from Bb bass to principal Eb bass following the news that David Smith has had to step down.

A band spokesperson said: “Hammonds would like to thank David Smith, who has been a fantastic principal player for us. David is taking time off to look after his beautiful new son, Ewan, and to concentrate on completing his Master’s degree. We thank him for his commitment and wish him well. We look forward to David being able to return to playing in the future.”