Black Dyke Band becomes Geneva Partner with immediate effect

The World-Famous Black Dyke Band has announced it will become a Geneva Partner Band with immediate effect. Soloists within the band such as Richard Marshall, Dan Thomas, Siobhan Bates, Zoe Lovatt-Cooper and Gavin Saynor made the change to the Geneva Brand earlier in the year, with Principal Cornet Richard Marshall having played on the instrument since December 2019. General Manager Brett Baker, who also plays trombone in the band commented "this partnership makes sense in that we have Geneva staff playing in the band and a number of soloists playing on the instruments. We have now finished the eagerly- awaited baritone horn and we will focus our attention now on developing a BBb Bass. No band is better placed than Black Dyke to showcase Geneva Group's full range of brass instruments. I have been delighted with the reaction from players in the band when they have tried the various models”. Speaking on behalf of Black Dyke Band, Music Director, Professor Nicholas Childs expressed his delight at this new partnership, commenting, “we have been in discussion with Geneva for a considerable period of time, taking care to reach a partnership that brought mutual benefit. But most of all, we have listened carefully to the endorsement of the Geneva instruments provided by the players in the band who have ‘auditioned’ them. Our primary interest of course is in maintaining that legendary ‘Black Dyke sound”. The Geneva Group, which now celebrates its 20th year in business, has the ability to produce quality instruments throughout the brass band range from Eb Soprano Cornet to Tuba and instruments for brass band are very much the company's main focus. These superb quality instruments are manufactured in both the UK and Europe and are warehoused at the company’s head office in Stokesley, North Yorkshire. The Company’s founder and CEO, Tim Oldroyd, continues to lead the design of Geneva instruments along with Director of Technical Design, Dave Walker. On this latest coup for Geneva, Tim commented; “It has always been my ambition to see this most famous brass band in history playing instruments that bare my family name, and this agreement brings us full circle, given that an Oldroyd played in the Black Dyke Band as far back as 1865 when it transformed from a brass and reed band to a full brass band”.