We are sorry to have had to say goodbye to Gareth Sykes, who led us from September 2016 to October 2017. Gareth's demands for high performance standards and refusal to compromise, together with his good humour, wide practical experience and deep musicality, have helped the band develop enormously over the year. And we'd like to think that in a couple of years' time, when he leads a band to win Brass in Concert or the British Open, he will be able to look back fondly to the band which started his conducting career.
Lewis Wilkinson played trombone for the band before taking his music degree at Durham. He teaches for the Schools Music Service, conducts North Skelton and other bands, and has his own symphonic project in Orchestra Cipriani.
Tom (Dave) Yates has not only moved from cornet to soprano this year but has also offered to fill in behind the podium. Early signs are very positive.
John Tobin is a retired music teacher who has contributed greatly to our trombone section and can ably fill in behind the baton if required.
James Draper, currently studying music at Durham, played horn and euphonium in the band from childhood, and has latterly conducted us.