With new initiatives such as Bandsafe and the BBE Virtual Box Office we are happy to welcome two new members this month. Chalford Band a modern, forward-looking organisation with three thriving competitive ensembles. The senior band started contesting many years ago in the fourth section and has progressed steadily through the ranks. The all-age Academy Brass (previously known as the training band) started competing in the fourth section and has also climbed the ladder, coming seventh in the 2012 regional championships. Finally, the Youth Band, which has won several silver and gold awards in the National Youth Brass Championships. Dreams came true when the young players won the coveted title of National Junior Champions for 2012. The musical director, Steve Tubb, continues the well-established policy of meeting as many musical tastes as possible in concerts. Cory Band regularly wins both domestic and international brass band competitions and performs a widely varied repertoire of music at home and abroad to a professional standard. The band seeks to grow its artform with powerful and inspiring experiences for its artists and its audiences. Proud of its roots, this ensemble also dares to step out of the traditional brass band genre to deliver a tantalising mixture of both blockbusting and beautiful music that amazes and captivates its audiences wherever it performs. Cory Band, whose home is in Treorchy in the Welsh Valleys, comprises both male and female performers of mixed ages and backgrounds, hailing from near and far, but with one thing in common – the drive to do whatever it takes to keep Cory at the top of its game. We also welcome two members who are returning to us Besses Boys Band and Ifton Colliery Band. Remember, if you are a member and you have a story you'd like us to share, please let us know.