Woodward – Band Master
really have been blown away by the support of the town throughout this
special year. This has been especially shown in our Christmas Playing
collections which this year have hit an astounding record of over £4000.00.
This is a huge sum towards our fantastic plans for 2016. This year it
has also been great to see all the bands, Senior, Junior, Leaner, Beginner
and Community out collecting and playing this has been a great help. I
would also like to thank all the non-playing helpers (mums, dads, husbands,
wives) who have made this years Christmas Playing possible”
At the concert
Life Memberships were bestowed upon Philip Carter, Tony Clark MBE and
Dennis Maw. The Senior Band Annual Awards were awarded to Richard Smailes
–Annie Butler Cup for Outstanding Contribution, Marcus Gatenby – The Rollinson
Rose Bowl for the most improved player, Conor Lalley – Geoffrey Marshall
Cup for Musicianship.
The Keith Maw
Shield for Outstanding Service to the Band was this year awarded to Martin
Watts. Martin, a renowned local historian, had spent the 2015 researching
the history of the band and writing and publishing a book which ws launched
at the concert as a final accolade to the yearlong celebrations.
Martin has brilliantly
captured the spirit of the band his light and witty anecdotes, amply supported
by historic extracts and photographs, will delight bandsmen and local
townsfolk alike and have captured the essence of this immensely proud
local community band.
The book’s opening
tribute from the Halle Orchestra’s Ewan Easton MBE sets the tone for a
riveting, heart-warming, fascinating read:
“If Brass Bands
were judged on their ability to make the highest quality music, for their
community, using musicians from their community, the Kirkbymoorside Band
would be one of the finest in the world”
The book is
not only a tribute to the town of Kirkbymoorside, appealing to anyone
interested in the history of the town, but is a truly inspirational story
for the international brass banding community.
Solo Trombone and compare at the concert said “Of everything we have done
in this bi-centenary year, I think this, Martin’s book will have the longest
legacy for the town and the band, it is a fantastic read.”
The band are
now rehearsing to represent the town in the Championship Section of the
North of England Brass Band Finals to be held in March. They will also
have a full concert programme which will be available soon on their website
www.kirkbyband.com and will of course be playing at town events such as
the 10K and Tractor Run.