Tonight saw the band host its Annual General Meeting virtually on Zoom. It was good to see all the band and have a catch up as well as do the official business. It has been a strange year, but as a band, we have stuck together.
At the end of the meeting, the presentation of awards took place, virtually. The first trophy which was awarded was The David Waterworth trophy for Player of the Year, as nominated by David & Phillip.
This was awarded to our percussion player Charlotte Tait
The second trophy which was awarded was The Most Improved Section Trophy
This was awarded to the Euphonium and Baritone section
The third trophy which was awarded was The Alan Beaumont Most Improved Player, as nominated by Alan & Phillip.
This was awarded to our Principal Euphonium player Jonathan Wigham
The fourth trophy which was awarded was Bandsperson of the Year.
This was awarded to Tim Packer.
The final award which was awarded this year was to Michael Evans for his 45 Years of dedicated service to the band. The band members helped create this award by thinking of words that summed up Michael and his time with the band. Some of these included: passionate, dedicated, Last Post, post horn, Santa Claus, perfectionist, Switzerland, 1975, helpful, conductor, memories, family and friends.
A big congratulations goes to all of the award winners
The band has had the honour since 2007 of taking part in the Remembrance Parade in Sunderland, which is one of the largest outside of London. As the event can't take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have commemorated the day with this new virtual recording of "Remembrance" (arranged by Ben Hollings) and accompanied by photos from the Sunderland Remembrance Parade since 2008.
A big thank you goes to the following guest players and returning registered players from playing on this virtual recording:
Despite the coronavirus restrictions currently in place, some of our band members were honoured to play the Last Post, show their respects and represent the band.
At the going down of the sun and the morning,
We will remember them.