April 25th 2003
The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award
for voluntary service by groups in the community
The Stalham Brass Band is today quietly celebrating their success in the first, local stage of assessment for the Queens Jubilee Award.
Their nomination will now go forward to The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award Committee, for selection of up to 200 Award Winners from across the United Kingdom, whose names will be announced on 2nd June 2003.
This is the first year of this new award, which recognises voluntary service by groups in the community.
Stalham Brass Band is the longest established Brass Band in the East of England. They are no strangers to Royal Jubilees, having played during local celebrations as far back as Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Stalham is a subscription band, receiving no sponsorship funding. The cost of running the band is met by concerts, fetes, and donations, while still helping to raise money for local charities. Its members, who number around 30, come from all walks of life, and all age groups. Last year a new band the Stalham Jubilee Training Band was started to offer beginner tuition to those who wanted to become proficient enough to join the main band. In the last few years the band has also recorded three music CD’s to raise funds, and had it’s music broadcast by radio stations around the world.
Dr. Tim Thirst, the band’s Director of Music said:
"The band members have done well to have reached this stage in the award’s process.
As well as rehearsing three evenings a week, they give up their free time nearly every weekend throughout the summer to provide live music to local communities.
During the rest of the year, there are training weekends, church parades, Remembrance services and carol playing throughout December.
It is nice to know that we are appreciated"