Slaithwaite Band – winners of the 2013 Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest

On Sunday 20th October 2013 the band took part in the Pogson Bray Entertainment Contest at Berties Banqueting Rooms in Elland. This was our first contest outing with recently appointed Musical Director Rob Westacott for whom it was also the first contest as an MD rather than a player.
Much to the band and Rob’s delight the hard work everyone had put in paid off and we were awarded first place from a field of 14 bands. Rob chose a varied and entertaining programme that the audience enjoyed and the band enjoyed playing. The pieces played were:

Around the World in 4 Minutes (World Premier performance of the Jonny Bates composition)
Imperial Echoes
Capriccio Brillante – Horn Soloist Neil Hardy
Irish Blessing – Quartet Soloists Daniel Booth, Pete Brier, Graham Chadwick, Phil Hudson
“Victory” from Lord of the Dance

Rob Westacott Appointed as New Musical Director

Slaithwaite Band are delighted to announce the appointment of Rob Westacott as their new Musical Director.

Rob is well known in the Brass Banding world as a top class cornet player, but this is his first official position as a conductor.

During his career, Rob has held principal positions with some of the top bands including Brighouse & Rastrick, Grimethorpe and laterly as assistant principal at Black Dyke.

He was also a cornet tutor for the National Children’s Band of Great Britian, YHBBA and Yorkshire Youth Band and has assisted regular MD’s of several other bands in contest preparation and sectionals.

The band are thrilled to welcome Rob into the fold and we are looking forward to developing under his baton.

See the 4barsrest press release here