Report: Patrons Concert and Awards Evening
On Sunday 2nd April the band held its annual “Patrons Concert”. This is our free annual concert for the supporters of the band and the people of the St. Dennis area. This year the concert programme consisted of many works performed by both the Junior and Senior Bands. It is at this concert every year that the band gives its annual awards, and this year they were presented by the Chairman, Rodney Richards, as follows:
Most improved Junior Band Player (awarded by Rachael Sargent) – Jodie Bragg, Soprano.
Player of the Year, Youth Band (awarded by Rachael Sargent) – Holly Sargent, Cornet.
Player of the Year, Senior Band (awarded by Darren Hawken) – Nigel Chadd, Percussion.
Young Player of the Year, Senior Band (awarded by Darren Hawken) – Becca Whitford, Horn.
Player’s Player of the Year (voted for by the band members) – Becca Whitford, Horn
The Jenny Richards Memorial Trophy and Bursary Award, for a young player showing all-round achievement and contribution to the whole organisation was this year awarded by Darren Hawken to Senior Band Cornet Player, Lia Teague, who is also an active member of the Cornwall Youth and National Children’s Brass Bands!
The Chairman’s Special Award – this is an award donated by Rodney & Ann Richards for someone giving an outstanding contribution, in any way, to the organisation. The recipient of this special award this year was the band’s longstanding “Bar Steward”, Mike Hancock. Mike works tirelessly for the band putting in many hours behind the scenes, not just behind the bar or looking after the bandroom but in countless other invaluable ways – never complaining and always ready to help everybody. It is for these reasons that the chairman, Rodney Richards, chose him for the award – a very popular and deserved winner.
The evening was extra special because Sally & Kevin Julian, the parents of our Soprano Cornet Player Andrew, were celebrating their Ruby Wedding Anniversary – congratulations to them both!
We are also very proud of our Junior Band members Eva, Rachael and Violet Margetts who had entered their respective brass classes of the recent County Music Festival and won them all!! – Well done to them!