Published in Band News on 2013-07-26 by Langley Band
The sweltering summer temperatures last weekend gave Langley Band the perfect excuse to celebrate by presenting their annual awards during a Friday-Saturday double header of concerts at the Band's local theatre.
The coveted Bandsman of the Year award went to Oli(ver?) Wilson, a talented baritone player, a hard working member of the committee, and a tireless "sorter-outer" of the thousand and one little jobs that always need doing in any band.
The Most Improved Player of the Year award was won by Wayne Doughty, in recognition of his dedication and practice that has seen him move through the ranks from 2nd corent to the front row, and earned him the respect of everyone in the Band. This is a special award for the Band as it is named after Steve Freckleton, a much missed former bass trombone player in the Band who tragically passed away while on band duty some years ago. The Band were honoured that Steve's wife, Jude Ramble, was able to attend and presented Wayne with his award.
Langley Band perform regular concerts throughout the year at the Barlow Theatre in Langley, just a stone's throw from the Bandroom, in front of an appreciative and loyal audience. The highlights of last weekend's concerts (in addition of course to MD Cliff Parker's "jokes") included a world premiere of soprano cornet Craig Stevens' new composition Sound of Triumph, Glorifico Aeternum and a beautiful solo rendition of O For The Wings of a Dove by principal cornet Dave Webb. This solo was arranged by Phillip Wilby in memory of Steve Thornton, a great friend of the Band's chairman Alan Greenwood from their days in Hammonds Sauce Works Band. Steve's wife, Diane was also present at the concert and Dave's performance was the first time she had heard the solo played live.
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