LYME Regis Town Band recently held its annual general meeting presided over by its president, Councillor Owen Lovell.
In his report, chairman Paul Snowball congratulated band members on the success of their weekly concerts held on Marine Parade throughout the summer months, and he also referred to the recent Christmas concert, which had been well attended and greatly enjoyed by all concerned.
A particular highlight of the concert was the first public performance of two young trainees who have been learning to play cornet under the guidance of their tutor, band member David Tozer, assisted by Kathy Smith. Josh and James received a warm welcome from the audience and, at the end of their performance, were jointly presented with the Chairman’s Award, which each year goes to the most improved young player.
Musical director Brian Scott referred to the busy programme of engagements undertaken by the band each year and he thanked band members for their hard work and commitment.
Treasurer Adrian Pearson tabled the annual accounts and drew attention to the grant funds received from Lyme Regis Town Council, which had been gratefully received. This funding had been used to purchase red waistcoats thus enabling the band to maintain a smart appearance for public performances.
Officers and committee members were appointed for the ensuing year with Paul Snowball continuing as chairman, Adrian Pearson as treasurer and Gilly Warr as secretary. Committee members Robert Crabbe, John Hallett, Geoff Poulton, Kathy Smith, John Warr, Debbie Woehrle and Viv Wright were also returned en bloc and John Warr agreed to continue as band librarian.
As a registered charity the band is required to appoint two trustees and John Evans and Derek Hallett agreed to continue in this role. The chairman expressed the band’s gratitude to them for their support and he also thanked Paul Fuszard for his assistance with the audited accounts.
Finally, Mr Scott announced the winners of two awards. Bass player Robert Crabbe received the Bandmaster’s Award for the most improved player and the Musical Director’s Award for the band member who “goes the extra mile” went to solo cornet player Kathy Smith.
Councillor Lovell brought the meeting to a close by wishing the band every success in the coming year.
Lyme Regis Town Band is now welcoming new members, not matter what their age, ability or experience.
The band has instruments available to use and can offer tuition free of charge. Members are currently teaching four primary school children to play. However, learners do not need to be youngsters.
A spokesperson for the band said: “It’s possible to learn to play at any age and there are several people in the band who did not pick up a brass instrument until a lot later in life and are now playing with the band on a regular basis having learned from scratch.
“Support and encouragement is also available for ‘rusty players’. We have players who have returned to playing after a break of many years and are now greatly enjoying being part of a band again.”
The band rehearses at the Woodmead Halls in Lyme Regis every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and anyone interested is invited to pop in for a cup of tea and a chat.