It is with deep regret and sadness that the band has to inform its followers of the sudden and unexpected passing of its principal cornet player Dave Hodgetts on Friday 17th March 2017

Dave joined the band nearly 30 years ago after letting Dave Stanley know in passing that he had once played a brass instrument. The rest is history, this year marks the 40th anniversay for the band and Dave was looking forward to playing his part in the celebrations currently being planned.

Dave was always there for concerts and contests and was one of the most reliable players in the band.  Even though not quite feeling right he played in last week's contest in Bedworth where he played as well as he has ever done.

Banding is not simply about playing music.  It is about the people involved and in Dave's own words "There is a friendship and camaraderie here that is unique, we work as a team and I really enjoy the odd occassion that I can pick up the baton and conduct."

Dave's larger than life character will be sorely missed by everyone at band and we all hope his family make it through this tough time.