Chris bids farewell

10700316_10152836882071880_290485024623321205_oCory Band’s long-serving principal trombone player Chris Thomas will be leaving the band after 17 years this summer, following his appointment to a new teaching post.

Musical Director Philip Harper commented: “It’s difficult to know where to begin when paying tribute to Chris. He has served the band with distinction over many years, and history will undoubtedly prove him to be a genuine legend of Cory Band. His trombone playing is of the highest quality and continues to astonish us all to this day, and his dedication and commitment to Cory has been exemplary. We are all very sorry Chris will be leaving, he goes with our warm wishes, and we hope he will be back one day. In the meantime, we will recruit a new player to integrate into our excellent trombone team in time for the British Open in September.”

Speaking of his departure, Chris remarked: “It’s been an honour to occupy the principal trombone seat at Cory during an incredibly exciting and satisfying period in the band’s history. It’s particularly sad to be leaving when the band is reaping the rewards of working with Philip, especially in the knowledge that with such a settled team, the exceptional performances of recent times will undoubtedly continue. Cory has been a huge part of my life and I will miss them all.”

There is still a chance to hear Chris playing with Cory Band until the end of July. Check out our website for concert details.

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