David step­ping down as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE -

HATH­ERN Band have an­nounced that David New­man is to step down as their mu­si­cal di­rec­tor.

David said: “I am told that next year will be my 40th with Hath­ern Band. It is with that in mind that my thoughts turn to the fu­ture.

“I be­lieve that the Band needs fresh in­spi­ra­tion and to this end I have in­formed the Com­mit­tee of my in­ten­tion to re­tire from the se­nior band and have given 12 months’ no­tice. I hope to ad­vise and help with my suc­ces­sor, I have said 12 months, although if the right per­son is found in the near fu­ture, we need not wait the whole year.

“I am hon­oured to be the pres­i­dent of Hath­ern Band and will not be go­ing any­where. I am even think­ing about play­ing again! so I will still be around.”

A band spokesper­son said: “David’s com­mit­ment to Hath­ern Band has been out­stand­ing over what we be­lieve could be a record of a 40-year di­rec­tor­ship. He took on a strug­gling 4th Sec­tion Band and built, guided and di­rected the band tak­ing them through to where they are to­day in the Cham­pi­onship Sec­tion.

“David was one of the mas­ter minds with the set­ting up of our fan­tas­tic youth and train­ing bands, spend­ing many hours teach­ing to en­sure the fu­ture of the band. David’s ded­i­ca­tion, work and com­mit­ment to Hath­ern Band has been ab­so­lutely out­stand­ing and we can’t thank him enough for ev­ery­thing he has done, and I am sure will con­tinue to do, for the band.

“David will stay on as con­duc­tor of the train­ing and youth bands, some­thing he loves, where he will con­tinue as he has done for many years, to teach and men­tor young tal­ent, a num­ber of his pupils are al­ready mak­ing their mark in the se­nior band.”

Mu­si­cal di­rec­tor David New­man.

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