At their recent Annual Dinner and Awards evening, David Allen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Black Dyke made presentations to the Queensbury band's 'Bandsman of the Year' and 'Pondasher of the Year'.
Bandsman of the Year
Dave McGlynn was the 2019 recipient of the 'Bandsman of the Year' award. It was one that was voted on by his fellow players, with the Bb tuba player telling 4BR: "It was a real shock as there are so many great players in the band who have helped drive us back towards the top on the contest and concert stage this year.
I'm very proud to have been recognised in this way by my fellow players."
Meanwhile, the prestigious 'Pondasher Award', presented by loyal supporters Ian and Jan Thompson was presented to solo cornet player Dave Smith.
The award is presented to the person who epitomises the ethos of what being a 'Pondasher' is all about — committed, dedicated and involved in promoting the band in an inclusive, positive way.
Speaking about his award, he told 4BR: "The band enjoyed a fine year as we build for the future. It's such an exciting time to be a member of Black Dyke — from the many memorable concerts and contest performances to recordings and tours. I'm over the moon to have won this prestigious award."
It's a pleasure to work with them week in week out — and the way in which they have the ambition of Black Dyke in everything they do they inspire the players around themProf Nicholas Childs
Prof Nicholas Childs was also delighted to be able to reward two valuable members of the band with the awards.
"Both are superb players and wonderful bandsmen,"he said.
"It's a pleasure to work with them week in week out — and the way in which they have the ambition of Black Dyke in everything they do they inspire the players around them. My congratulations go to them both."