Fakenham Town Band’s new musical director is David Cutting, a member of a musical family.
His father played trombone in the Royal Norfolk Band, his sister is a soprano singer, and two uncles who were bandmasters in Norfolk – George Cutting and Charlie Baker.
David himself started playing the cornet at the age of five, joining the school orchestra at the age of 11 on bass.
David joined the army at the age of 15, starting with the Royal Leicesters which later became the Royal Anglian 4th Battalion. At the age of 17 he passed the audition for the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall, and passed out winning the prize for euphonium. He joined the Battalion and served in Malta, Libya and Bahrain.
On leaving the army David joined the City of Leicester Band as principal euphonium and bandmaster. After many prizes at contests David was asked to form the RBL Systen Band, where he stayed for 14 years. He later took over the 1st Section Loughborough Band, who toured Germany and again won many prizes. He returned to the Ancient Order of Foresters, Desford B Band and has deputised for many other top bands.
He has conducted Long Eaton Silver Band, Pleasley Colliery Band and more recently Bestwood Black Diamonds.
The band’s first engagement with David was to provide music at a celebration of The Queen’s 90th birthday at Sandringham last month.
Fakenham Town Band has a full programme throughout the year, including outdoor fetes and bandstand concerts, through to the Christmas engagements in December.
Rehearsals are held at the Trap Lane pavilion on Thursdays from 7.30-10pm, new members always welcome; the training band rehearses on Monday evenings from 7pm, instruments and tuition available. For more information visit the website at www.fakenhamtownband.com.