AN ANDOVER band has appointed its first experienced professional conductor.

The Andover Town Band has appointment Sara Maganzini as its new conductor.

Before joining the Royal Corps of Army Music, Sara conducted a number of brass and wind bands in Italy and the Netherlands.

Sara said: “I am looking forward to working with the Andover Town Band. The band has a number of exciting contest and concert performances planned, it promises to be a great year.”

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Sara holds a Masters degree in conducting from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag in the Netherlands where she studied under Alex Schillings.

Andover's chair, Paul Dunning, added: “This is a big step for Andover as Sara is the band's first professional conductor. Sara's approach and musicality has impressed us all and we’re eager to get to work.

"Everyone at Andover would like to thank our previous musical directors, Steve Large and Scott Stewart, for the enormous amount of work they have put in to get the band to this position.”

Any players looking to join this friendly and progressive band should contact

Applications from Eb bass, soprano cornet and tenor horn players are particularly welcome.