Updated: Sep 29, 2019
Tewkesbury Town Band celebrated in style this afternoon.
Combined Senior and Training bands gave a short concert of pieces significant to the history of the band before declaring their new band room officially ‘open’. Amongst the thanks given to various members for their work, conductor Nigel Morgan was himself surprised when GBBA Chairman Mike James presented him with the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association (GBBA) certificate and badge recognising over 50 years of service to the brass band movement.
Nigel began playing with Coleford band, following his brothers Richard and Nicholas and later to be joined by his Father. Nigel recalls having a go on his brothers instruments at home and his first lesson consisting of being asked to play a C major scale which he did fluently. "Very good, come back next week" was the reply and that was it! Nigel played his first contest at the age of 10, although he says he did not play a note!
Nigel was a member of, and treasurer over the years of the Forest of Dean Young People's band. Many adventures were had with this band, particularly on tours to Germany. Nigel joined Lydbrook Band in the late 1960s where he stayed until a move to Highnam in 1990 and a job in Cheltenham made the commitment required impossible. With Lydbrook he rose through the sections from the third to the top and held roles as Chairman and Treasurer. In 1997, after a few years only compering Lydbrooks concerts, Nigel took up the baton at Tewkesbury Town Band. Over the past 22 years Nigel has built the band up from 15 players to a thriving band that has qualified for the National Brass Band Championships, been promoted to the third section twice, been on tour to Germany six times and to Ireland once, and built an audience following that regularly sold out 2 consecutive nights at the Roses Theatre.
In addition to this, Nigel has been treasurer to the British Federation of Brass Bands and Brass Bands England, on the panel (and TV!) for the all parliamentary group for brass bands and auditor to the European Brass Band Association.
The GBBA would like to congratulate Nigel Morgan for his 50 years service to brass bands and wish him all the best for he future!
A full write up by Tewkesbury Town Band to follow, published on their Facebook page.