Band honours top performers

Alford Silver Band principal cornet Andrew Taylor receiving the Edward Robinson Cup
Alford Silver Band principal cornet Andrew Taylor receiving the Edward Robinson Cup

Alford Silver Band recognised the special talents of four of its members at a concert held in the town’s newly refurbished Corn Exchange.

The band’s gifted principal cornet Andrew Taylor received the Edward Robinson Cup for musical progress, named in memory of a former president of the band.

The band‘s vice chairman, Mike Green told the audience: “Andrew is already a very experienced and capable player, but he doesn’t let that stop him practising, and practising, and practising to be the absolute best player that he can. Over the last two years, this effort has paid dividends and Andrew is an example to each and everyone one of us.”

The band’s treasurer and solo tenor horn, Bev Burton was awarded the Harry Farnsworth Memorial Cup for ‘bandsmanship’, donated by a former local businessman and keen supporter of the band.

“Every organisation depends on the hard work of a number of people behind the scenes. In brass band circles this is termed bandsmanship,” said Mike. “Not only does Bev hold a key position on the band’s management committee, she also contributes in other ways, including keeping the band rehearsal room in good order.”

Young trainee cornet player Stanka Schrotterova received the Margaret Sutton Cup, presented by the band’s president, for her commitment and dedication. Despite living in Old Leake near Boston, Stanka rarely misses a rehearsal.

And bass player Alex Taylor was voted by the membership as the Player Personality of the Year, receiving the Sally Walker Shield (donated in memory of a former player) for the hours of his time and the effort that he puts into fulfilling his position as the band’s librarian.

During the evening, the band, led by musical director Steve Walker, delighted the audience with a wide range of music that included instrumental versions of Queen’s The Show Must Go On and Neil Diamond’s Coming to America as well as classics such as Ravel’s Bolero.

Two of the numbers, a ‘swing’ version of I Only Have Eyes For You and the Lee Marvin hit Wanderin’ Star featured the rich tones of the bass trombone, expertly played by Richard Tagg, and Bev Burton performed On My Own from Les Miserables as a tenor horn solo.

The band’s youthful training section also performed three numbers under the baton of their own musical director, Andrew Taylor.

Further information about the band, including its programme for the year can be obtained from the band secretary, Jane Taylor on 01507 466330, or via secretary@alfordsilverband.co.uk or at www.alfordsilverband.co.uk