His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, The Countess Howe, presented the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service at our Christmas Concert. Other dignitaries, including the Chairman of Buckinghamshire Council and the Mayor of Amersham also attended.
In presenting the award, Lady Howe said “This vibrant and dynamic Brass Band has become an award winning exemplar across the country– the envy of other Brass Bands – to quote a rival band leader.” She continued “….This has been achieved through the commitment and endeavours of a dedicated group of volunteers who set out clear strategic objectives to widen local participation, improve opportunities and diversity, to raise musical standards, and at the time of the assessment to establish a permanent base. All this has been achieved entirely by volunteers.”
On behalf of the band, Band Chairman, Fred Harrison and Band Manager Caroline Perkins received a crystal award and certificate signed by the late Queen. Fred said “It is a great honour, and we are all delighted to be recognised for our voluntary work, with such a prestigious award.”
Our Christmas Concert was a fabulous success including performances from four of our bands; Brass Roots, Amersham Community Band, Amersham Concert Brass and our Championship level band. The audience numbered over 330 and enjoyed a programme of festive music and carol singing.