Congratulations to Brendan Coyle on his appointment as a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Aberystwyth.
Alas it means that Brendan and Amy will be moving on from Downshire to begin their new life in Wales. Amy, previously the Band's principal cornet and more recently flugelhorn player has been a key member of Downshire in recent yeatrs. Brendan's achievements with the band have included many prizes as a trombone soloist, and solo performances for radio and CD. He has also led the Youth Band since its inception two years ago.
Fingers crossed they will be back working in Northern Ireland again in the near future. But for now, we wish them well on their move to Wales.
In the meantime, the band will be seeking to fill these important seats as quickly as possible and the Youth Band will continue its fine work under Downshire Brass Musical Director, Michael Alcorn.