David Watson was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation from GBBA for his 75 years commitment to brass banding and making music. Read more about David on the GBBA Roll of Honour.
Richard from Pheonix Brass Band said of the award, "Thank you so much for the Certificate of Appreciation and badge for David Watson. Despite the current Coronavirus situation, we worked behind the scenes and managed to frame the certificate, put the badge into a presentation box and get a special 75 year balloon made. On top of that, I prepared an ‘Album of Messages’ capturing best wishes and comments from players, former players and Mike Kilroy, President, and also Commodore Jamie Miller RN, OBE, and Chris Peacock, Honorary Vice Presidents of the Band. These were all presented to David by his family on the same day that he celebrated his 82nd birthday. To crown it all for him, players from Phoenix Brass found a way to come together and perform Happy Birthday from their homes, just like they used to before social distancing was introduced. The recording can be found here."
Further information can be found on the Band website: David Watson Celebrates 75 years in Brass Banding! - Phoenix Brass Band.