It’s all change on the front row at MSB, as our Principal Cornet Rhiannon-Jane Smart hands over the reins to long-time friend Vicky Salisbury.
Due to work commitments, RJ is now taking on the valuable role of ‘Bumper-Upper’, or ‘Second Hottie Along’!
The lovely ladies joined the band at the same time 17 years ago, under the baton of Peter Cain, who has since sadly passed away. They have been friends ever since.
RJ stepped into the top seat in 2009 when Principal at the time, Clare Hall took on the Musical Directorship. Rhiannon rose to the challenge, working really hard to overcome nerves and lead the section, which at one point consisted of just her!
She has done a grand job, tackling solos such a Paul Lovatt-Cooper’s Emerald Skies.“I love being part of Team MSB,” she says. “I love it when we all pull together such as for our film quiz concert a couple of years ago, playing great music and working hard behind the scenes to put on a great show.”
After taking time out from band to start a family, Vicky is back and loving it. We dropped her right in at the deep end at her first full gig as Principal, a WWI Centenary commemoration, making her play the Last Post.
“I remember some great times with the band as a kid, such as dressing up and having a laugh at our themed German Nights!” she says. “It’s great to be back. I was nervous walking back in after such a long time away but it was like I’d never left. The band is now a lively hub of music, heart and friendship that I absolutely love being a part of! It has a fresh face and is bringing banding into the modern world whilst upholding banding traditions with pride.”
Rhiannon and Vicky are part of what is becoming a great cornet section, with some familiar faces, new recruits and young learners. Peter would have been very proud of how far they’ve come.
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