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The 2002 4BarsRest awards:

The results:

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Bramwell ToveyBand of the Year
Winner:
Fodens Richardson

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Morgan GriffithsPlayer of the Year
Winner:
Morgan Griffiths

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Russell GrayConductor of the Year
Winner:
Russell Gray

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To read more about Russell and our other nominees, see the previous released article.
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The Heaton Collection CDCD of the Year
Winner
The Heaton Collection
Black Dyke and the International Staff Band of the Salvation Army
SP&S-CD SP&S 158

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Lower Section Band of the Year
Winner:
St. Dennis

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Simon DobsonNewcomer of the Year
Winner:
Simon Dobson

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Philip WilbyTest Piece of the Year
Winner:
Masquerade – Philip Wilby

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David KingContest Performance of the Year
Winner:
Yorkshire Building Society - The European Championships, Brussels, 2002

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To read more about YBS and their performance and our other nominees, see the previous released article.
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Frank HodgesThe 4BR Special Award

2002 Winner:
Frank Hodges

Last year we gave our special award to a very fine writer and journalist who had, and continues to provide readers of the Brass Band World Magazine some of the very best articles on the banding world we have read. Alan Jenkins was a worthy winner and once more we felt he has again provided our small community with a service second to none.

However, this year we have awarded our prize to a man who has perhaps the most thankless job in the banding world, yet who on every occasion we have talked to him, asked and demanded, cajoled and arm twisted for information, advice and a touch of guidance has been a paragon of courtesy, good sense and wry humour. He is also exceptionally good at his job – and by heck, we don’t know what the banding world would do without him.

Frank Hodges has brass bands in his blood and brings this sense of love and understanding to every aspect of his job. He runs the contests he is control of with a fairness and even-handedness to all competitors and always listens to requests, demands and even down right ridiculous questions with a smile and respect to all those who are asking (usually the impossible). All this and he even has time to play a few bars himself in his own band.

We have seen him at work at the British Open, Pontins, The Nationals, Regional Contests, Grand Shield and even the ill fated Lower Section National Finals in Torquay in his capacity as Contest Controller par excellence. If you wonder how contests get to be run, ask Frank and he will tell you – it is hard, but rewarding work.

So our Special Award this year goes to Frank – congratulations to a very nice bloke, and man who is the best in the business. Players and MD’s may not even give him a second glance, but in the big picture of things, he is a very important man indeed and has been a stalwart of the banding movement in the past 12 months.

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