Special Award Winners at Butlins

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    The Alternative Winners at the Butlins Mineworkers Contest 2008!

    It is with great pleasure that The Association of Band Traders offers congratulations to the recipients of their two sponsored awards and the lucky winner of the Brass Band Archive prize draw at the recent Butlins Mineworkers Open Brass Band Festival 2008.

    The ‘Youngest Player of the Day Award 2008’ was won by Bethan Burton from the Leicester Co-Operative Band. At just 10 years old, Bethan was the youngest player to take to the stage at the contest. In addition to a lovely presentation banner provided by TOR Banners, Bethan also received a certificate and a £50.00 music voucher from The Music Company (UK) Ltd.

    The ‘Bandsperson of the Year – Achievement Award 2008’ was unanimously awarded to Christine Gent for her dedication and commitment to founding and developing the Thoresby Youth Band. Having started the band up just 7 years ago with only a handful of beginners, the group has built into a full strength contesting band with a healthy beginners class all of whom are taught by Christine.

    Consistent contest wins are testament to the evolution of the group and Christine’s driving force behind the continued development of the band is gladly supported by the members. Even when the youngsters grow up and move off to pastures new, it’s heart-warming to note that in no small part Christine’s influence has helped shape their futures – recent departures have seen three students going off to study music at university and another member joining the Royal Marines Band.

    I think it's such a pleasure and very humbling to learn about the unsung heroes in the banding world. By awarding this to Christine, The Association hopes to give her at least some of the praise and acknowledgment she deserves for all her hard work and drive with Thoresby Youth Band. We also hope that it will encourage and inspire others to see what can be done with some determination and a passion for music.

    Brass Band Archive Prize Draw Winner
    In parallel with the Association's sponsored awards, a prize draw was being run at the Brass Band Archive display stand, to help raise money for a new website for the organisation - a project supported by the Association to help protect brass band heritage for the future.

    With a brand new Euphonium having been donated by Virtuosi England Ltd as the prize, the response was very forthcoming. The lucky ticket was purchased by Lucy Moore of Chesterfield, who was undoubtedly delighted to win the newly launched Regency VB-612S 4 Valve Euphonium. The prize draw was a great success and the Brass Band Archive look well on their way to having a new website up and running by the end of March.

    Congratulations to both the award recipients and the lucky prize winner.

    Clair Tomalin
    Association of Band Traders
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