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Year Report ‐ 2009.

2009 has been a challenging year for the band but things look very positive heading into 2010.
At the start of the year the senior band were without a conductor and had many vacancies around the stand for the Yorkshire Areas but in true Horbury style they pulled it together and came out with their heads held high. A long and testing few months were to follow whilst the band failed to secure a Musical Director on a permanent basis. Tom Greatorex played a big role in keeping the band together, conducting at various jobs throughout the year.

In October Horbury recorded a major coup by securing the services of Duncan Beckley as Musical Director until March 2010. The band is now going from strength to strength and is looking forward to a successful year.

The Youth Band has seen some major changes this year. The change to the categories in the National Youth Championship Finals saw the age limit dropped from 20 years to 18 years old. This meant a few of the more experienced players had to ‘retire’ from the band. The younger players did the band proud, claiming a ‘Bronze’ award at the championships.

The Christmas period came around very quickly and the senior band were on hand to support the younger ones through it. Tom is very confident that 2010 will be a fruitful year for our young stars.
The Intermediate and Learner bands have had a productive year with many players improving and working their way up the bands. This year it will be the intermediate band travelling to Manchester for the Championships in April due to a change in the set up of the competition.
We wish everyone the best of luck in 2010.