Roll of Honour

 

What are we celebrating?

 

GBBA are proud to celebrate those people who have contributed over 50 years or more to the brass band movement. Here, we record those who have been awarded for their years of service, giving back to the movement the support and enthusiasm for brass band music that they themselves had experienced.

What is the award?

 

GBBA present a certificate and badge of recognition for 50 years or more service to the brass band movement, which includes participating in any activity associated with brass bands. For example, those who have won awards have played, conducted, and organised events for brass bands throughout their lives. 

Awardees

2022

Andrew Jackson

Ralph Rowden

Kerry Ford

Mandy Keedwell

Gary Dingle

2020

Frank Fidler​

David Watson

2019

Lyndon Baglin BEM

Barbara Morgan

David Wintle

Nigel Morgan

David Britton

Robert Toomer

2018

Tom Fryer

Neville Edmunds 

2017

Peter Kirby

Roy Smith

Past

Mike James

Ken Powell

Roger Powell

Brian White

Kevin Ford

Robert Morgan

Fred Pensom

Peter Boyles

Des Yeates

Robin Cawley

Pat Etherton

Yvonne Hamblin

How do you apply for an award?

 

You can nominate yourself for an award or someone else. Please contact GBBA Secretary Karin naming the person being nominated, their relationship to GBBA member band/s (current and/or past band membership should be included), and describe what they have done for the brass band movement. Don't forget to include your (nominator) and the person being nominated (nominee) contact details so we can get in touch!

If you nominate someone else in secret and wish to surprise them with their award, please let us know an appropriate time, date, and location to make the presentation. A GBBA committee member will then arrange to present the Certificate at a venue of your choice. In the past, GBBA have presented the award at a band engagement, rehearsal, or workshop.

2021

Andrew Hicks

Phil Turner

Awarded in May 2022 at the Little Vintage Show in Cambridge, Glos

Mandy Keedwell

Mandy Keedwell has played played for 50 years.having started with Sharpness Silver band at the age of 9.  She has been playing with CSB for over 20 starting on cornet and then onto her present position of Flugel.

Awarded in May 2022 at the Little Vintage Show in Cambridge, Glos

Gary Dingle

Gary plays for Frampton band but has played with CSB on quite a number of occasions as his main band are non contesting, so he very kindly deps for us.

Gary started playing at the age of 11 and has played for 50 years.

Awarded in February 2022

Kerry Ford

Lydney Town Band

Kerry Ford B.Mus., IPD

Principal Cornet - Lydney Town Band


Kerry started playing a cornet when she was 9 years old by joining the Yorkley Junior Band and was taught by Mr. Cockcroft and Mr. Clive Lewis.  After a short time on cornet, she moved to Tenor Horn which very quickly became her favourite instrument.  After just 3 years she moved to Yorkley Onward band which was, at the time, in the 1st Section.  Within 2 years her abilities were recognised and was asked to become the band’s Solo Horn.

Early brass playing included many solo and quartet competitions and, of course, a busy concert and contest schedule with Yorkley Onward Band, where she made lifelong friends.  During this time, she went on tour with the Forest of Dean Young Peoples Band, enjoying visits to France, Belgium and of course the Harz Mountains in Germany.

In 1981 Kerry went to Cardiff University to study Music and had to move to French Horn.  During her time at university, she gained her grade 8 on French Horn, with distinction.  Whilst playing French Horn she was offered a scholarship at The Royal College of Music in London.  She also played on tour with the Cam Brass Consort and took part in several concerts with the Forest of Dean Orchestra.  However, Kerry chose to move back to the brass band scene and moved back to her beloved tenor horn.

After a short spell with Yorkley she moved to Lydbrook Silver Band where she remained for several years.  During this time, she achieved an ambition by performing at the Royal Albert Hall, a pinnacle of achievement.  With her husband Kevin she moved to Lydney Town Band in 1992 helping the band reach Championship status in 1998 and 2003.  Her time at Lydney Band has been challenging and rewarding, moving between sections, and attending the National Finals in 2016. With a move to Flugel and then Cornet, Kerry promoted the idea that we all need to continue learning and improving and has been ticking off the ABRSM grades, achieving distinctions every time.

Launching a career in music teaching, Kerry has been a keen advocate of promoting playing brass through fun and performance, reaching out to the community.  In 2005 she helped to launch a brass players development programme in Lydney Band, establishing a programme and team to make it happen.  Working tirelessly to promote interest in the movement, she was rewarded in 2019 when she attended Buckingham Palace with her husband Kevin in recognition of their work in youth development.

Kerry says “I was lucky to be inspired by my music teachers when I was young, and I try to light that fire in my students.  I believe that everyone has the right to be able to express themselves through music”.

During the 2020/2021 pandemic, Kerry has faced the challenges of teaching music online and enabling her students to still develop and perform, using various online platforms.  Adopting ‘the band plays on’ idiom, Kerry has ensured the continuation of brass playing in Lydney and the success of the team into the future.

As current acting Secretary, Development and Welfare Officer Kerry has her head firmly set on continuing with brass for as long as she can.  She is proud of her achievements, with a flourishing Starter Group, Training Band, and an aspiring Town Band ready to face the future.

After a rewarding and fulfilling 50 years’ service to brass bands in the Forest of Dean and Gloucestershire, Kerry was very proud to receive the GBBA 50-year accolade.  There are of course many more years of music making within brass bands and encouraging more people to enjoy the power of music.

Awarded in May 2022

Andrew Jackson

Filton Concert Brass

Andrew started playing with the town band in Weston-super-Mare, where his father Ron was principal cornet. Weston used to have a summer season of concerts at the Rozel Music Gardens, with six different programmes of music in a month, so his sight-reading was quickly honed.

Following experiences at a few other bands, his dream to play with a Championship Section band at the Nationals in the Royal Albert Hall was realised with the first of two periods with the Sun Life Band. At other times time, Andrew has played principal cornet at Melingriffith, City of Bristol, Thornbury, Bendix Kingswood, Lydney and again at Weston.

As well as many local and national successes, Andrew was lucky enough to represent England at the European Championships in 1985 in Copenhagen and as overall winners at the 1993 World Music Contest in Kerkrade.

For the past 14 years Andrew has played with Filton Concert Band (and is now the longest-serving member!). Joining as Principal Cornet in the second section it was a joy to eventually play in the Championship section at the Albert Hall once again in 2017 with the band.

Over the years Andrew has also been Chairman, Librarian, assistant treasurer and logistics manager with the various bands he has played with and was proud to form and conduct the Bendix Kingswood Youth Band for a number of years.

And it’s not all brass bands; Andrew is pleased to help out wherever he can and has performed publicly with 61 bands, orchestras and other assorted groups and, as a self-confessed ‘band tart’, has sat in at rehearsals with nearly 40 others on his travels.

Andrew was delighted to be presented with his award by Kevin Robbins, principal cornet at Sun Life Band when he first joined.

Awarded in May 2022

Ralph Rowden

Filton Concert Brass

Ralph was born in Bridgwater in 1952 and started to play the cornet aged six, joining Burnham and Highridge Town Band two years later, of which his father, two uncles and an aunt were members. He competed in his first West of England Area in 1962, winning the Third Section.

While at school, Ralph played solo cornet with both Somerset Schools Brass and Wind Bands. He enlisted into the Army in 1967, joining the Junior Leaders’ Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps (JLR RAC) as a musician, becoming solo cornet for two years. Then followed a year the Royal Military School of Music, Kneller Hall (RMSM) where he became a Kneller Hall Trumpeter, before joining the Band of the Blues and Royals and becoming a State Trumpeter.

While in the Army, Ralph also played with Watney’s Brewery Band. He let the Army in 1974 to join Stanshawe Band, where he remained until its demise in 1997—becoming its longest serving playing member. Then followed a number of years in Territorial Army bands (Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and The Rifles).

Ralph played with Aldbourne Band for two years and was a member of Flowers Band for four years. He joined Filton Concert Brass in 2014, with whom he still plays today. Between 1962–2022, Ralph has played in 42 Area contests; six with Burnham and Highridge, two with JLR RAC, 21 with Stanshawe/Sun Life, two with Aldbourne, four with Flowers and seven with Filton. He has also competed in 22 National Finals and 24 British Opens.

Awarded in December 2021

Phil Turner

Lydbrook Band

Phil started playing at the age of 10.  He spoke to Robert Morgan from Lydbrook Band and said he’d like to learn to play the cornet.  Knowing that Phil lived in Cinderford, Robert suggested contacting Cinderford Band, and that was the start of a long and illustrious career with Cinderford, under the tutelage of Mr Cecil Chappell, a true gentleman of banding.  Phil dedicated over 40 years to Cinderford Band, primarily on the cornet but also at a young age, on the soprano cornet, where he was known for his beautiful sound and amazing playing range in particular.  Phil played third down on the front row for the first year at Cinderford but at the tender age of 12 he was probably one of the youngest players ever to take a principal position when he took the soprano seat, earning himself the title of “best soloist of the day”.  He represented Cinderford Band at the Colston Hall in the Championship Section for three years on Soprano.

Moving on, and at the remarkable age of 16, he took up the position of principal cornet for Cinderford, a position he held until he left in 2012, competing for 30 of those years in the championship section.

Phil was the secretary of Cinderford Band for many years, serving on the committee from the age of 18, running the administrative side of the band for 10 years, organising concerts, contests and tours abroad, before taking the treasurer role for another 15 years.  He was also the principal cornet player for the Forest of Dean Youth Band, enjoying many concert tours abroad…….. we won’t say too much about that. What happens in Germany, stays in Germany!

In 2012, Phil took up his conducting post with Bream Band, taking them to their first competitive event in November at the Gloucestershire Brass Band Association contest.  His final competition with Bream was at the area contest in Torquay, in March 2018 and he left the band in a really strong position, having worked tirelessly for the five years he conducted them.

Phil joined Lydbrook Band in 2012 and is now their Principal Cornet, a position he rightly deserves.  His wife Elaine also plays in the band where she holds the Solo Baritone seat.

The award is in recognition of 50 years of banding, which was actually in 2020, but Covid prevented us from marking the event.  We now celebrate 51 years of Phil Turner’s brass banding career in the Forest of Dean.

Awarded in December 2021

Andrew Hicks

Flowers Band

Andrew began playing at the age of 6 within the Salvation Army under the guidance of his father.   Initially joining Lydbrook Band at the age of 9, a subsequent move to Drybrook Band followed & Andrew was appointed principal Baritone at the age of 10.

A family move to London saw Andrew appointed Principal Euphonium with Newham Band aged 15 a position he held for over 20 years.

Following a brief return to his Salvation Army roots with Enfield Citadel Band under the baton of James Williams MBE, Andrew relocated with his family back to the West Country.

Andrew was asked to dep for Flowers Band at the 2004 Brass in Concert event where he was awarded the Best Euphonium prize and subsequently the Band offered him the Principal Euphonium seat.

In 2013 a move to Essex for work saw Andrew leave Flowers and join GUS as their Principal Euphonium before returning to the West Country and rejoining Flowers as Principal Baritone in 2017.

City of Bristol Band

Peter Boyles

City of Bristol Band

Peter Boyles began his banding with the Boys Brigade band in Appledore, later known as the Appledore Band, conducted by his father. He joined Bendix Kingswood Band in Bristol on baritone and later the new Thornbury Band on baritone before then moving onto tenor horn. Peter enjoyed 30 years with the band. Peter then joined City of Bristol Band in 2005 at a time when it was close to folding. Peter, among others, worked to revive the band, and it went on to win the area title and claim the runner-up spot at the Second Section National Final in 2016. Peter played flugel in his later years and helped out other bands in need. He was conductor of Clevedon Brass, Marshfield Band, and Bristol Vets Band, meaning he was at rehearsal almost every night of the week. Peter Boyle passed aged 68 and is fondly remembered by his friends and banding connections

Awarded in September 2020

Frank Fidler

Forest of Dean Brass

Frank Fidler was well loved by the brass band community in and around the Forest of Dean. Frank worked for a long time as an instrument repairer, fixing instruments from many generations of brass players. Having passed away in the year 2020, GBBA awarded Frank with the GBBA Service Award in his memory and to thank him for his services to the brass band movement, particularly in the Gloucestershire community.

Awarded in January 2020

David Watson

Phoenix Brass Band

Watch a performance of Loyal and True by Pheonix Brass Band dedicated to David here.


David Watson was born in Dovercourt a suburb of Harwich in Essex to a musical family. His grandfather played the cello and euphonium for a small Royal Marines band, while his mother was a songster with the Harwich Salvation Army. David Watson’s full-time involvement in Brass Bands began 75 years ago at the age of seven when he played cornet in the Harwich Salvation Army Band. At fifteen, he had to stop playing following an operation and moved to percussion instruments and then the drums. David later resumed playing the cornet with the Grange Brass Band where he learnt about conducting and band management. The Grange Brass Band became the Harwich Concert Band of which he became band secretary for 15 years. David moved to Kennet Vale Band on cornet but soon became the conductor of the youth band, and later became Musical Director of a re-formed Hungerford Town Band, working hard to ensure its survival. David started a learners' course and raised enough money to buy instruments and a library of music. But then, David decided to do it all over again and started a completely new brass band, with no music, no instruments, and no money! In 1993 he helped form Phoenix Brass, at the same time becoming its first Musical Director. Thank you David for a life in music, teaching, and service!

Awarded in December 2019

Barbara Morgan

Lydbrook Band

Barbara grew up in Monmouth and started her playing career at the age of fourteen.  She was originally taught by her dad Ted, who was an accomplished musician and euphonium player.  She had piano lessons at school so had a head start by being able to read music.

She started on the tenor horn and her first band was Berry Hill where she stayed for a while before joining Lydbrook Band with her dad.  At that time Lydbrook had very few players but gradually numbers increased and a few others travelled up from Monmouth to swell the numbers.

Most of her time has been spent playing tenor horn but she has had short spells on percussion and cornet and a very brief spell on flugel horn.

Barb is an outstanding member of the band and 37 years ago married Rob, the band secretary.

Her jobs these days include:-

Selling concert tickets

Librarian

Helping with the Training Band

Uniform monitor

Bandroom cleaner

Rob’s secretary

General Dogs Body!

Barb’s always ready to help other bands and regularly helps out Monmouth Band or anyone else who asks.

Awarded in December 2019

Lyndon Baglin BEM

Lydbrook Band

Lyndon started playing with Lydbrook Band in 1949 and it was fitting that he was back with Lydbrook to celebrate this landmark achievement. The presentation was made to Lyndon by his son Stuart who joined with the band in concert for this very special occasion.

Awarded in October 2019

Dave Wintle

Lydney Town Band

Dave's award was presented to him by Ian Porthouse, Musical Director of word class Tredegar Town Band, at a Brass and Percussion Workshop hosted by Lydney Town and Training Band. The event encourages all ages and abilities from all bands based in Gloucestershire and beyond to come together to experience a day of music making with expert tuition - something that Dave truly believes in. Dave has played many instruments around the band during his banding career, and in recent years advocates and supports youth learning in the Lydney Training Band.

Awarded in June 2019

Nigel Morgan

Tewkesbury Town Band

Nigel began his playing with Coleford Band, following his brothers Richard and Nicholas, later joined by their Father. Nigel played his first contest at the age of 10. Over his playing career he played tenor horn, euphonium, Eb bass, and his favourite chair, 2nd Baritone. Nigel was a member of and Treasurer to the Forest of Dean Young People's Band. Nigel joined Lydbrook Band in the late 1960s until 1990, during which he rose through the sections and held roles as Chairman and Treasurer. In 1997, Nigel took up the baton at Tewkesbury Town Band, building the band up across 22 years from 15 players to a thriving band. In 2015, Nigel's commitment to the Band was recognised by the Town Council with a prestigious Community Service Award.


In addition to his involvement with local bands, 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. Nigel retired as full time conductor of Tewkesbury Town Band in January 2020.

Awarded in September 2019

David Britton

Monmouth Town Band

Awarded in September 2019

Robert Toomer

Monmouth Town Band

Awarded in September 2018

Tom Fryer

Monmouth Band

Awarded in 2016

Kevin Ford

Lydney Town Band

Kevin started playing at the age of 8 in 1963 on cornet with Potterswood (Kingswood) Band under Herbert Sevier. With encouragement from Jim Scott he was promoted to Solo Horn in 1969 with great success at solo and quartet contests. In 1974 he was invited to join Stanshawe (Bristol) Band on 1st Horn. He joined Lydbrook Band in 1990 before moving to Lydney Town Band in 1993.  After 12 years playing Solo Horn he took up the baton, running a successful Training Band with his wife Kerry. He continues to conduct and occasionally plays when helping out local bands.

Awarded in 2011

Mike James

Presented at FoD College Annual Contest 2011

Mike began his tuition aged 9 on Eb Bass, taught by Stuart Harris of Drybrook Band.  He remembers if he played the C scale correctly he was given 3d.

From Bass he moved to 2nd Horn and then 2nd Trombone, a position he held in all future bands.

He has many memories of German tours with Forest of Dean Youth Band under such as Cecil Chappell, Robert Morgan and Geoffrey Brand.

Emigrating to Australia Mike joined City of Perth, winning the Australian Nation Championships.

On his return to Britain, he joined Championship Bands Cinderford, Soundwell Swanbrook and finally Yorkley Onward becoming Chairman.

Invited on Flowers Band 1989 tour of Austria along with Brett Baker and Steve Jones he signed on trombone. Still with the band Mike is now Chairman having been Band Manager for many years.

Mike has been a longstanding member of GBBA and WEBBA committees and was a member of the former BFBB committee where an outstanding memory was working with the European Youth Band in Birmingham.

Awarded in 2007

Pat Etherton

Wotton-Under-Edge Band

Awarded in 2005

Yvonne Hamblin

Lydbrook Band

Awarded in November 2001

Robin Cawley

Lydney Town Band

Robin started playing over 65 years ago.  At the age of 9, he started on Tenor Horn with the Parkend Silver Band, where he lived at the time.

In his early playing career, he also played with the Blakeney Silver Band, now long since defunct.  The only information readily available about Blakeney Band was that they competed at a Contest in Fairford in July 1956.  The Band played ' The Dawn of Spring' but did not feature in the prizes.

Following on from his time at these Bands, Robin moved to Pillowell Band, where he remained for a few years.  After this period he then joined Lydney Town Band and has played there ever since.  He has seen the Bands fortunes rise and fall and has been an ever present, loyal, reliable and hardworking member.

For many years, Robin was the Band Secretary and was involved and instrumental in the major decisions to ensure the Bands continued presence in the Brass Band scene within the Forest of Dean including a successful sponsorship deal with the local manufacturing firm, Lydmet.

He is rightly proud of his efforts with the Band, particularly whilst Secretary, he started the Annual Poppy Appeal Concert in Lydney Town ably assisted by Dorothy Marshall from the Lydney British Legion branch based in the High Street - an annual event that still continues to raise much needed funds for the worthwhile cause.

His main banding highlight came in the mid eighties, when Lydney Town Band played in the impressive setting of the world famous Royal Albert Hall in London.  It remains the dream of most bandsmen to play on such a stage; an honour indeed.  Another impressive hall that remains in Robins memory is when Lydney Band played at the National Finals in the Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

The Bands fortunes took a dip in the early 'noughties' but Robin remained loyal.  With the creation of Lydney Training Band in 2005, Robin willingly supported the youngsters at the various local events to provide a Bass part to the ensemble.  The Training Band is now going from strength to strength benefiting from Robins continued, reliable support.  In 2013, it became evident that there was a need to create a Lydney Starter Band.  Needless to say, Robin also supported this group of learners at the local elderly peoples residential homes.

His 'parting gift' to the Band was his involvement in the Bands performance at the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held in Cheltenham in September 2016.  The Band achieved a magnificent 7th place, competing against the top 4th Section Bands in the UK.  A fine achievement in a Brass Banding career that spanned over 65 years.  We will always be in his debt for his selfless work for the Lydney Town Band organisation.  We all wish him a happy retirement from Banding.

Awarded in November 2001

Des Yeates

Lydney Town Band