MUSICIAN and conductor David Tozer was honoured with the Gordon Broom Memorial Shield at Lyme Regis Town Band’s annual Christmas concert.
The concert was held on Sunday afternoon at the Woodmead Halls, where guests included the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Michaela Ellis, and Stuart Broom, son of one of band’s founding members, the late Gordon Broom, who presented the trophy in memory of his father.
Mr Broom said it was fitting that this year’s winner was David, who was doing a “fantastic job” of conducting and compering the band’s concert that afternoon.
David started playing when he was seven years old, following in the footsteps of his grandfather who played baritone in St Swithun’s Band in Bridport.
He started taking lessons at school and began playing both cornet and French horn with various bands, including principal cornet with St Swithun’s.
He joined Lyme Regis Town Band in 2012, playing soprano cornet for one year and returning to play solo cornet four years later, when he moved closer to the area.
In September 2017 David took charge of the training band, encouraging and helping young musicians to play brass instruments.
Proving his versatility and wide range of music ability, David then took responsibility for conducting the band from September 2018 when musical director Brian Scott needed to step into the breach and fill a temporary vacancy in the trombone section.
David compered the afternoon’s entertainment, which included traditional and modern festive numbers, a sing-along section of favourite carols and performances from guest artists, poet David Ruffle, and barbershop quartet The Four Tune Tellers, from All Saints.
The town band’s training band also entertained with several Christmas numbers.