New Conducting Team at Kinneil


UNISON Kinneil Band are delighted to announce that Chris Shanks has been appointed as the bands new resident conductor, with Raymond Tennant being appointed to the post of Musical Director.

Chris, who has been appointed to the post of resident conductor with immediate effect, plays Euphonium with Whitburn Band, Bellshill Salvation Army Band and The Salvation Army Household Troops Band. Chris is a music teacher by profession and graduated from the RCS (Formerly RSAMD) with a Bachelor Education in Music (Hons) with Performance and Conducting. He has amassed a vast conducting record in both the Salvation and Brass Band worlds and most recently enjoyed an extremely successful period as Musical Director with the Broxburn and Livingston Band. A UNISON Kinneil Band spokesperson commented “We were absolutely blown away by Chris’ enthusiasm, musicality, leadership and structured approach to rehearsals and we are delighted to appoint Chris to the post of resident conductor with the band.”

Raymond Tennant has been appointed to the post of Musical Director for Kinneil Bands contest performances at the 2017 Scottish Open, the 2018 Scottish Championships and the 2018 Spring Festival. Raymond has a long association with the band beginning back in 1995 with a fine victory at the inaugural Land O Burns competition held the same year. More recently, he led the band to a fine 6th place finish at the Senior Trophy held in May, only narrowly missing out on promotion to the Senior Cup. On commenting about the appointment of Raymond Tennant, a spokesperson said “UNISON KInneil Band are thrilled to invite Raymond Tennant back to the post of Musical Director for the next contesting year. The band responded wonderfully to his direction of Salute to Youth at the Senior Trophy in Blackpool. We are all looking forward, with great excitement, to working with such an extremely talented and experienced Musical Director. We are sure that Chris and Raymond will make a perfect conducting team and we delighted that both have joined us at ‘Team Kinneil’.”

The band currently have a vacancy for an Eb Horn, Solo Cornet and Percussion player. If you are interested in any of the positions, then please feel free to apply in strict confidence to Band Secretary Robert Doherty at robertdoherty@blueyonder.co.uk or contact 07843 421826.

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