It is with much sadness that Carlton Brass announce that MD Paul ‘Wink’ Watson has resigned from the band, due to ill health.

Wink has been conducting us for the last two years, achieving some excellent results – not least directing us to be the 2015 second section champions and gaining an excellent 4th at the subsequent National Finals, our first Finals visit for 14 years. He took us to NEMBBA success in the same year, along with promotion back into the first section.

Prior to this Wink was the ‘powerhouse’ of our band bottom end, playing solo baritone for many years. He has been a member of the Carlton Organisation for large parts of the past 40 years – starting playing with the Carlton Silver band all the way back in 1975 – and has been a wonderful ambassador for us throughout.

He has many friends at Carlton Brass and we are going to miss him very much. We do hope that he continues to come and see us, and we would like him to know that there is always a seat and a stand for him in our band room.

Thanks to Tony Wilson, John Davis and Gary Wyatt for stepping in with rehearsals and concerts in the meanwhile. It is very much appreciated.

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