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.
Lyndon Baglin BEM
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.
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
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
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
Lyndon Baglin BEM
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
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
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 2016
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 began his tuition aged 9 on Eb Bass, taught by Stuart Harris of Drybrook Band. He remembers that 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's 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.