2011 Presentation Evening

The bands annual presentation evening took place yesterday at Cross Keys Rugby Club. It’s not always an event that you can truly let your hair down for… until after the results!
Other than the main focus of the event, there was also a disco, an excellent array of food set out in a buffet fashion and of course, the karaoke. We mostly play as a band in tune… singing is a somewhat different story!
But, rather than tell you about our band members singing talents, I’m sure you’re going to want to know the results.
Starting with the Junior members of the band we saw Kelsey-Jane Vaux take the most improved player award. Since moving from 2nd cornet to sitting on the front row, her playing has come on leaps and bounds. Another front row member, Ellis Davis who is currently doing a brilliant job at filling in the principal cornet role was very happy to receive Junior Player of the Year. Their prizes seem to have swapped places since last year.
2011’s Progress Prize went deservedly to Flugel Horn player David Glastonbury. It shows with the effort that he puts in both inside and out of rehearsals.
This year the award for Best Section, the John Redman Memorial Cup, was presented to the Bass section. Its one section that we’ve lacked in players for some time, but with Paul Stephens and Craffer Johnson on the seats, one thing it doesn’t lack is character!
Euphonium player Mike Davies received Player of the Year. A lot of pressure is put on Mike in the practise room and its generally dealt with like water off a duck’s back and he’s unfazed.
Last but not least, band treasurer, Darryl Rees proudly received for the second year running, as voted for by the members of the band, the Bands Person of the Year. There is so much work that this man does for the band that some people are not even aware of. The dedication he has is unreal!
Generally it looks as though the night was enjoyed by all and it was great to see the members of the junior and learners bands and their families also attend this year. It was a brilliant turnout and we’re already counting down to next years! Thank you to everyone that came and made the night work.

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