Annual Presentation Evening 2011 – 11th February 2012
Written by Chris Burke
It was that time of year again when the Academy, Senior band and committee members are recognised and rewarded for their dedication and efforts for the past year.
With a huge audience in attendance, filling the hall to the rafters is an indication of how the band as a whole is progressing. At the pace the band is growing I can hear Paul repeat those famous lines from Jaws “I think we are going to need a bigger hall”.
The 2011 Oscars themed presentation evening was opened by the ever growing popular Academy band playing Green & Gold then Slaidburn. Wow what a great performance, we cannot wait to see these young members grow into senior band members over the years to come. They are the future of the band and from this and previous performances through 2011 the bands future is in good hands.
The Senior band took their places and put on a great and professional performance playing - The Contender, Moment For Morricone, Feeling Good, Gabriels Oboe, Gladiator, Trombone King, Corps of Drums Display - That got the packed out hall buzzing in and in a great mood for the evenings events.
It was now time to move on to the awards and 2011 review of another very successful year to go with many others in the bands history. With a quick change out of their uniforms, the band took their seats in the audience and the presentations began.
Since our last presentation 12 months ago, we have seen or numbers grow. We welcome the following to the band and of course their first presentation evening, Kirsty Gardiner, Charlotte Gardiner, Amy Gardiner, Yemisi Windapo, Daniel Reilly, Koby Dick, TJ Mayo, Elizabeth Keen, Georgia Haggerty, Shannon Haggerty, Lilly Clements, Sam Clements, Mitchell Cressy, Ben Widdop, Summer Welshman, Max Burke, Jamie Widdop, Victoria Wilkinson, Harrison Mayo, Charlotte Wilkinson, Harry Doherty, Andrew Doherty. Paul announced that due to their efforts since the founding of the Academy the following 15 Academy members are promoted to the senior band for 2012 Rheanna Cressy, Luke Munro, Katie Munro, Reece Osborne, Scott Osborne, Daniel Jones, Lee Ridley, Katie Cox, Josie Binder, Emma Mitchell, Molly Lamb, Rotimi Osunsami, Mayowa Osunsami, Karli Mattis, Joe Rees.
We welcomed onto the stage our vice-president Johnnie Smith who presented a token of appreciation to our instructors whom without, the band could not progress they are Steve Cressy, Don Logie, Julie Newman and Sarah Twinn.
The first award of the evening was the President’s award and in James’s absence was presented by the bands Vice-President Johnnie Smith. This award is presented to an individual whose efforts towards the organisation, in any shape or form, assists and progresses the band into the organisation it is. The worthy recipient of the award for 2011 was Steve Cressy, Once a member of the band who returned over the last 11 years to play a major role in the help of the band. He is a member of the executive committee and a key person who drives the band forward in particular the drum section, Well done Steve!
The chair’s of both our committees where invited on stage Debbie Marsh, Kelly Gray and Steve Evans to make a speech on their progress through 2011, Debbie and Kelly presenting a cheque for the sum of £10,000 from the parents and social committee to Steve Evans Chair of the band.
Next was the recognition for those band members whom have achieved The Jack Petchey award 2011 this is an important facility to recognise the good that young people can achieve presenting the awards is the DL of Havering Colonel Markham Bryant and the awarded are Daisie Foreman, Aaron U-glow, Dan Ridley, Kirsty Gardiner, Millie Burke and Luke Munro.
Service awards were next on the agenda, with the following band members being recognised for the respective number of year’s service to the band.
5 Years service
Michael Badley, Isobel Pedder, Claire Roseberry, Ben Roseberry, Amy Rowe and Rebecca Speed.
10 Years service
Vicky Hogg, Mark Newman, Adam Reed and Aaron U-glow.
The achievements of the band members who had passed music examinations outside of the band were then recognised prior to the second of the big awards being presented.
The Best Newcomer Award was won by Clarinet player Millie Burke, who has progressed significantly since joining the band.
The Most Improved Drummer which was a tough decision this year with so many contenders was awarded to Demi Taylor.
The Most Improved wind section player was awarded to Shaun Ridley.
The hardest award to obtain was next on the agenda, the Attendance Awards one for the Academy and one for the senior band. The Academy winner, with an attendance of 81 through 2011 was Josie Binder and the Senior Band winner(s) we had a three way tie, with a joint attendance of108 are Sammy Rees, Niamh Gray and Jonathan Buttifant.
The Band Personality of the Year award was next. This award is voted by the band members themselves and band members are asked to vote for who they think has contributed to the band the best overall as a whole. The 2011 winner is Devon Cressy.
This year the band enters into its 55th year and to commemorate this joyous occasion the man that started this institution, our founder Dick Bouchard MBE was invited onto the stage to present the remaining awards of the evening.
The Academy Member of the year receiving the Pam Evans Memorial Trophy was awarded to Katie Munro.
The final award of the evening, Band Member of the Year was awarded to Jonathon Buttifant. Throughout 2011 Jonathon was awarded this for not only his outstanding attendance but for his teaching of the academy, leadership of the academy drill performances and his work behind the scenes doing whatever needs to be done for the band, thus showing what a true role model should aspire to for the band. A very well worthy winner of the most prestigious award on the evening, well done!
The attendees and band members then continued the night on the dance floor adding more enjoyment to the already fun filled night.