The Vernon Building Society (Poynton) Band has announced the appointment of Iain McKnight to the Solo Eb Bass chair and also as assistant MD, to work in conjunction with the Band's Musical Director, Neil Samuel.
Iain grew up in Cornwall as a member of the St Austell Band, but moved to the North West in 2003 to study at the University of Salford under, amongst others, Peter Graham and David King. He was the recipient of the Roy Newsome award for conducting in 2006. Following a ten-year career at Leyland Band, Iain was appointed Musical Director of the Stockport Schools Senior Band in September. He has previously held positions as MD at Lostock Hall and Flixton bands as well as guest conducting appearances with bands such as Hebden Bridge and St Austell.
Commenting on Iain's arrival, MD Neil Samuel told us: "I'm thrilled to welcome such an experienced player and conductor to the band. Iain was kind enough to fill in for me and take rehearsals leading up to the North West Area and the feedback from the band was excellent. When I returned the following rehearsal it was clear that the band had been worked hard".
"I am really pleased to be joining the band at this time," added Iain. "There is a great deal of talent at Poynton, as evidenced by our success at the recent North West Regional Championships. Neil is the driving force behind the band and I look forward to supporting him by fulfilling conducting duties when work calls him away from the bandroom. With appearances at the Spring Festival and National Finals in 2016 there is certainly much to look forward to, and I'm very excited by the opportunity to work with the band both as player and conductor."