Webster to take on different role at Grimethorpe5-Jan-2013
Roger Webster to take less formal playing role with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
Grimethorpe Colliery Band has been hit with another major blow following the announcement that principal cornet Roger Webster will take a less formal playing role with the band in future.
Although he will not completely sever playing ties, he has told 4BR that increased work and teaching commitments mean that he will now undertake a different role, offering his experience and expertise as and when required.
"My playing journey with Grimethorpe started back in 1971, where as a 10 year old I started on cornet under the baton of Barry Thompson," he recalled.
"Several stints later with the senior band I have now taken the very difficult decision—and it was very much my decision - to step down as the full-time principal cornet."
He added: "The band is extremely busy and I have many more solo jobs and teaching commitments.
I was made a Professor at the RNCM last year which involves added responsibilities, and this increasing workload coupled with the growth of my company Alliance Products means I have to take a different approach—more of a ‘job share as required’ if you like."
Roger also thanked the band for their support over the last few months in particular.
"A couple of months ago I spoke to Band Manager Nigel Dixon and explained my thoughts. Nigel and the band have been great throughout an extremely busy period, and allowed me total flexibility and freedom...but enough is enough.
I owe it to the band and myself to be honest and fair. I just do not have the time to continue with all rehearsals and the high number of engagements."
~ Roger Webster
He is excited though by Grimethorpe’s future plans.
"I will continue my association with the band, but in a different capacity - especially with the innovative ways they are providing excellent long term community education projects and exciting plans for the Grimethorpe Besson Youth Band."
Not walking away
He added: "How could anyone possibly walk away from this organisation?
Great concerts are perhaps the public image of the band, but what most people do not see is the generosity and social conscience side too—the provision of free instruments, tuition and concerts in deprived areas and schools where staff and pupils are desperate for help.
If they can get the extra finance then Grimethorpe Band will be offering hope to hundreds of disadvantaged youngsters who want to play a musical instrument—and for that alone my unwavering assistance will continue."
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