On 30th January, the Mayor of Bath Malcolm Lees joined us for our AGM to elect band officers and committee and review the previous year.
Reports were made by the band officers and Dave Walker, Musical Director. The band had performed very well at all concerts achieving good audience feedback. Highlights were the concert with the Warminster Military Wives choir in Melksham and a successful Christmas concert with the RUH Choir in the beautiful St Michael’s Church in Bath. Recruitment was also healthy with few vacancies in the band. The new training programme with Gareth Pritchard was also proving very beneficial. The Treasurer reported a sound financial position with a good financial contribution from the Training Band.
President: Rikki Peters
Secretary: John Light
Deputy Conductor: Martin Perry
Assistant Secretary: Ken Ash
Public Relations Officer: Rachel Potter
Committee (2 vacancies) : Robin Furstenheim, Richard Tomlinson
Committee (1 year vacancy): Becky Nottingham
During the AGM, Dave Walker, our Musical Director presented awards for special achievements.
The Frank Hurfurt Shield for outstanding bandsmanship went to Martin Perry, Deputy Conductor and percussionist. Martin had been nominated for the award due to his commitment to the band, standing in for the Musical Director on numerous occasions and even altering his shifts at work to help the band out.
He also proposed a new award for Musician of the Year. This was presented to Harry Leafe, our Principal Cornet player for the commitment and improvement shown since taking over as Principal Cornet in 2013. Harry had become a confident and expressive player over the past year.
Rachel Jennings, Training Band Conductor presented the Stan White Cup to Richard Tomlinson for his dedication to the band and improvement over the year.
The Mayor of Bath expressed thanks to the Band for its performances in the City and remarked how much he enjoyed the Christmas Concert. He requested the band play at his Charity Concert in the Abbey on June 5th. He remarked how good it was for the Mayor’s office to be associated with the band. He applauded the efforts of the Training Band and welcomed the new award for Musician of the Year. All of which created a forward looking and strong ethos within the band.