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Skelmersdale welcome back Coulsen as new MD

Ben Coulsen has been appointed as the new Musical Director of Skelmersdale Prize Band.

  Ben Coulsen has became the new MD back at his home town band

Skelmersdale Prize Band has announced the appointment of Ben Coulson as its new Musical Director.

It marks a return to the band where Ben started his musical journey — one that saw him go on to become a respected principal cornet player with Blackburn & Darwen Band before moving onto flugel and playing with Hammonds.

Having recently qualified as a music teacher he is now returning to his hometown of Wigan after successfully securing a job in Warrington and is looking forward to beginning his conducting career back with Skelmersdale.

Exciting changes

A spokesperson told 4BR: "Through the years Ben has been a regular visitor and friend to the band, so all members are happy to welcome him back.

We look forward to the exciting changes and challenges that a new MD brings, and we are confident that there is much success on the horizon with Ben at the helm."

This attitude is something I now bring home as I look forward to conducting a band with a great history and futureBen Coulson

Total commitment

In response the new MD told 4BR: "With Hammonds I was fortunate to enjoy playing at the best contests and concerts in some amazing venues.

The best part for me though was the amazing team spirit. I think it's too rare now to find a band where every player has total commitment, whilst also enjoying a great social time as a group of 25 good friends.

This attitude is something I now bring home as I look forward to conducting a band with a great history and future."

The band also announced the signings Chris and Wendy Thorpe and Darren Fawcett.


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