This week the band held its AGM at the Woodmead Halls, which was chaired by the band President, Councillor Owen Lovell.
The Bandmaster’s Award for the most improved player was presented to Viv Wright, who plays solo horn, and the Musical Director’s Award for the band member who goes that extra mile went to Adrian Pearson, trombone player, who has recently taken over responsibility for the band website, in addition to his duties as Treasurer.
The Chairman’s report included these remarks: “Another successful year for the band. We have played well, with another successful season on the seafront, where I thought the band played particularly well. As usual, December was a very busy time for us but we sailed through all the engagements with flying colours. Once again the Christmas Concert was a resounding success making a very good profit for the band, which is always welcome with the barren months up to July….I received a phone call from Rachel Mackenzie who was the lady who hurled herself out of a plane and for whom some of us played at Hawkchurch last weekend. She said that it was a wonderful performance which made her quite emotional and she could not thank the band enough….I have a list of thank yous to go through. First, many thanks for the Mayor for chairing the meeting tonight; we are very grateful for the support he shows the band as our President and its always a delight to see him. I also want to thank Viv for the hard work she does ferrying a full drumkit and John around to rehearsals and performances. To Jane for her work with our learners which may well reap benefits in terms of future additions to our cornet line; to Ralph for his contribution to the collecting and his photography; to Adrian for his work on the website and also to Kathy and Luke for their contribution to the committee as the newest members. Also a special mention to the young dancers, coached by Kathy, for their performance at the Christmas Concert. Many people said how much they enjoyed their dancing. Thanks also to Brian for his work with the band. We have progressed under his direction and it’s also so nice to have fun in rehearsal. And finally, thanks to you, the band.”
Lyme resident and band supporter Nigel Ball brought the meeting to a close by thanking the band for their hard work throughout the year, particularly the concerts on the sea front throughout July and August. He felt these had been particularly good this year given the fact that the band was short on numbers at the present time. He pointed out that the comments from visitors were always very positive. Nigel expressed his view that the band was a credit to the town and he wished members every success in the future.