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Monday 13 September, 2021

Soprano cornet player, Steve Stewart, has left The Cory Band after ten years with the world’s number one ranked band.

The veteran performer’s decision to relinquish his seat comes after Cory recently resumed live performances following the enforced 18-month layoff.

Reflecting on the news, Cory Band’s musical director Philip Harper commented: “Steve has been a mainstay of the band all through my time here at Cory and has brought brilliance, excitement and pure box office to that most conspicuous corner of the band. We are going to miss him very much and we thank him for so many memorable moments over the last decade. His last ‘major’ with us was the 2019 Nationals win where he also won the best soloist prize. That's what's called ending on a high.”

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For the upcoming National Final, where Cory will be defending its 2019 title, Kevin Crockford will play soprano cornet; Kevin's own band, Desford, has decided not to appear at the Finals this year.

Philip added: “I'm really looking forward to having Kevin on board for London, in effect swapping one legend of the instrument for another.

“We have a very exciting post-pandemic diary taking shape now at Cory, with our defence of all the major titles including the Europeans in Birmingham, a tour to Korea and many other exciting projects all planned for the next 12 months. The search for the soprano cornetist who will be in the hotseat for these and beyond is now on.”