We are sorry to have had to say goodbye to Tom Gray. The demands of teaching in a school and also playing with a top band did not in the end leave enough time for him to spend on conducting us. It is a shame because we were getting on very well together. We wish him well in future endeavours.
Tom joins Gareth Sykes in our trophy cabinet of great people and great musicians who we are proud to call ex-MDs.
Tom (Dave) Yates has been our main conductor for the last year and has shown great confidence and charm whilst leading us.
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 when required.