Brass Bands England (BBE) has announced changes in its organisation following the decision of Michael Waterson to step down as Treasurer following almost four years of service. He will be replaced by former BBE Treasurer and current European Brass Band Association (EBBA) Auditor, Nigel Morgan.
The organisation has also revealed a new role for euphonium star and conductor David Thornton.
Speaking to 4BR, BBE Chairman Mike Kilroy said: "Michael has given exemplary service to BBE over the past few years and has been instrumental in ensuring that the financial foundations laid will make the organisation sustainable and resilient in the future.
Working in partnership with him quickly helped BBE to expand its activities, stabilising the organisation and then growing it to become the single point of support for brass bands in England."
Mike continued: "His contribution cannot be underestimated and we have achieved so much working together. I saw us as two sides of the same coin; Michael strengthening our financial stability allowed me, as Chairman, to concentrate on growing our networks and influence.
With six staff members in place Brass Bands England now has a platform to sustain our outreach for the benefit of the brass band community. I'd like to thank Michael for his magnificent contribution over the past few years and wish him well for the future."
Mike added: "With the appointment of Nigel Morgan we have someone who knows the organisation well and has been an EBBA Auditor for a number of years. Nigel's history in brass bands and professional accountancy background is well known and we look forward to welcoming him back at the next Board meeting."
It's clear that England needs to take a much more proactive role in EBBA, whilst taking the opportunity to understand the underpinning reasons why brass banding in continental Europe is flourishingBBE Chairman, Mike Kilroy
Euro food for thought
Meanwhile, Mike's trip to the recent European Brass Band Championships in Oostende, has also provided food for thought, as he explained.
"It's clear that England needs to take a much more proactive role in EBBA, whilst taking the opportunity to understand the underpinning reasons why brass banding in continental Europe is flourishing in so many ways and at such an impressive rate.
David Thornton has therefore been appointed to become the BBE European delegate with immediate effect. His experience and high profile will ensure that BBE can benefit from his excellent network of existing contacts, whilst he can develop many more.
David will also gain a better understanding of EBBA, whilst also taking the opportunity to explore a range of initiatives and approaches taken by our colleagues elsewhere. BBE is delighted to have made two excellent appointments and looks to the future very positively."