Steve Stewart has left Cory Band after 10 years in the soprano cornet chair. He has decided that, after the enforced 18 month layoff due to the pandemic, the time is right to relinquish his seat with the band.
MD Philip Harper commented: “Steve has been a mainstay of the band all through my time here at Cory and has brought brilliance, excitement and pure box office to that most conspicuous corner of the band. We are going to miss him very much, and we thank him for so many memorable moments over the last decade. His last ‘major’ with us was the 2019 Nationals win where he also won the Best Soloist prize. That’s what’s called ending on a high.”
For the upcoming National Finals where Cory will be defending that 2019 title, Kevin Crockford will play soprano cornet, an opportunity afforded to the fact that Kevin’s own band, Desford, have decided not to appear at the Finals this year.
Philip Harper commented: “I’m really looking forward to having Kevin on board for London, in effect swapping one legend of the instrument for another!
“We have a very exciting post-pandemic diary taking shape now at Cory, with our defence of all the major titles including the Europeans in Birmingham, a tour to Korea and many other exciting projects all planned for the next 12 months. The search for the soprano cornetist who will be in the hotseat for these and beyond is now on!
“Steve Stewart leaves a pair of very big shoes to fill, but this is a unique opportunity in the world of banding.”