Drig seeking new Solo Baritone
The band was sorry to see Emma Shaw leaving in January and we thank her for her fantastic contribution over the last couple of years. We are now entering an exciting new period under new MD Tommy Tynan, and there is now a super opportunity on Solo Baritone here at Drig. If you are interested, or know anyone who would be up for the challenge, please get in touch!
Thomas Tynan appointed Musical Director
Drighlington Band is delighted to announce Thomas Tynan as Musical Director.
Thomas is a Tuba player and Conductor from the brass banding heartland of Saddleworth. He started quite young in brass and then made the move onto percussion, where he made it to the local Marsden Silver Prize Band at the age of 13. After a year, he moved onto BBb Bass with the band and made his name as a Tuba player, performing with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain from the age of 15, achieving Principal Bass at the age of 16 and picking up a Katie Ogden Solo Award.
Thomas also performed with the Halle Youth Orchestra at the age of 16 and at the age of 17 was invited to join the world-famous Grimethorpe Colliery Band on BBb Bass. During his time at Grimethorpe, he took part in CD Recordings, a sell-out tour to Australia, performances at the Royal Albert Hall and The Sage Gateshead, and most memorably the 2015 British Open Brass Band Championships win at the Symphony Hall. Thomas first took his hand to the baton at the start of 2016, taking Linthwaite Band from the brink of folding to a steady performance at the Yorkshire Areas just a few months later.
After taking a break from the banding scene, Thomas is now also a playing member of Oldham Band (Lees), and runs his own online Pie Business, Saddleworth's Humble Pie, which specialises in gourmet pies with contemporary fillings.
Great result at Spring Festival 2017
Drighlington Band enjoyed another year at Blackpool's Spring Festival on 13th May, competing in the Senior Trophy against 18 other bands.
The band played off draw number 14 and this year's test piece was Salute to Youth by Gilbert Vinter.
The performance went very well under Duncan Beckley's direction which led to Drighlington being placed in 5th, narrowly missing out on promotion by just one place.
Onwards & upwards, we look forward to competing in the festival once again in 2018 and aiming to do one better and gain promotion to the Senior Cup.