Onchan Silver Band’s conductor for the past 6 years signed off in style at this year’s Manx Music Festival. Under the leadership of Paul Dunderdale, the band has gone from strength to strength. This year saw them achieve their most successful “Guild” results for many years. This followed on from their first foray into national competition for 16 years, where they were placed 4th last October, also picking up the prize for the youngest competitor along the way. Now Onchan Silver are looking to the future and building on the success they’ve achieved in the past year.

 

 Paul Dunderdale took over the baton at the band in 2005 initially to see the band through the Manx Music Festival, but stayed on and has overseen many landmark performances in the ensuing 6 years. In 2007 the band marked their 70th anniversary with a joint concert with one of the leading bands in Britain (then called the “BT Band”) In 2010 they returned to compete on the national stage – Picking up 2 trophies and much praise from all who were there!

 Also, in the same year, an ensemble made up of solely Onchan members achieved the record mark of 97 in the Manx Music Festival! Then followed that up with this year’s successful performance where the main band recorded a 2nd place and two 3rd places within the main competition!

Paul came to the island in 1980 and for 20 years, taught music and music technology to A-level at Castle Rushen High School. Prior to his retirement in 2004, he taught at Ramsey Grammar School. He took the decision a while ago to step down from his role as conductor of the band after this year’s “Guild”. In his time with Onchan he has moulded the ensemble in his own style to much acclaim whenever the band has been on show – “They produced a very light sound compared to the other fifteen bands, but brought the descriptive music to life thanks to a fine reading of the score by the MD, Paul Dunderdale and some confident ensemble playing” – As described by respected banding website “4barsrest.com”.

 Onchan Silver Band are now looking for a new Musical Director to follow in Paul’s footsteps and take the band forward. Anyone interested in taking up the baton should get in touch via the internet – On Facebook, Twitter and www.onchansilverband.org - or by calling the band’s secretary on 492854.