Stalham Brass Band Long-Service Awards Presentation Evening.
Band Stalwarts are rewarded for long service.
North Norfolk News, Thursday 7th May 2009 8th May 2009
Gt. Yarmouth Mercury, Friday 8th May 2009
Town & Country News 1st June 2009
British Bandsman 20th June 2009
National Association of Brass Band Conductors 27th June 2009

At a recent social gathering, Stalham Brass Band held a presentation ceremony of long-service awards.

Andrew Washford who plays euphonium in the band was presented with an engraved glass award for 15 years service.

John Wellings – from the Friends of Stalham Brass Band – presented the award. As foundation head teacher of Stalham Middle School he was especially pleased to present the award as Andrew had been taught to play by Gerald Thirst in a scheme set up between the Stalham Brass Band and the school.
He commended Andrew’s efforts helping new members, as well as serving on the Band committee, and mentioned how Andrew had once driven through the night to ensure an early morning Band performance would not be missed.
Director of Music, Tim Thirst, was presented with an engraved presentation baton and case. The award - marking 10 years as the Band’s Director - also marked 47 years of service to the Band as a player and committee member.
John Wellings presenting the award said that Tim had now become the second longest serving member of the Band, beaten only by his father Gerald Thirst’s record of 76 years. Tim had always put a lot of effort into tutoring new players - especially youngsters – for over 30 years. Under his direction the Band had helped children from many schools in the area and had recently won a top UK award for its outreach work with young people. During his time as Director of Music the Band has been awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for service to the community and also been honoured by a request from The Queen to perform for the Royal Family at Sandringham at Christmas, a combination unequalled by any other band. Stalham was rightly immensely proud of its Brass Band.

Andrew Washford receives an engraved glass award from John Wellings

Tim Thirst receives an engraved presentation baton and case from John Wellings


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