Last night the band celebrated the most successful of years with their annual Christmas meal and awards night.
After everyone was satisfyingly full, the awards were dished out to the Most Improved, Player of the Year and Band’s Player of the Year.
Our MD Dean Jones had the hard decision of choosing the first two awards. For Most Improved player he found the decision really hard, with the band winning 5 contests this year every player around the stand improving over the year. He decided to give the award to the band’s Bb Bass player Nigel Brookes for his continuous hard work, always practising between rehearsals, going from a good player to an outstanding player with a great sound and for being an all round nice guy.
Dean’s Player of the Year went to Pace Beardsley on Eb Bass. Part way through the year Pace swapped seats in the band going from Horn to Bass and has proved that his dedication to the band is second to none. He not only plays with the main band but also comes down to our Crofton Silver Bandits on a Wednesday night to help the up and coming players in our Crofton community. A true bandsman.
Finally we had our Band’s Player of the Year as voted for by members of the band. There were so many different names listed after such a fantastic year we couldn’t list them all here, but in the end the player with most votes was Jack Turner on Euphonium. Jack is a long standing player of the band first starting in the B Band many years ago and moving from Baritone to Euphonium in recent years. Earlier this year he took the decision to take over our B Band and, after many months of hard work, has rebranded the band as the Crofton Silver Bandits to take it into a new era.
After the awards came a very special presentation to one of the foundations of the band. This most special of years marked the 60th year with the band for John Roach. He’s often seen with our percussion section these days but John has played nearly every instrument in the band over the years. After the Areas this year he talked about retiring from playing with the band but I think he’s glad that he hasn’t now! The band presented him with a commemorative pin badge and trophy for his mantle piece.
What a year! Here’s to next year and more success in the future!