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Black Dyke hand out the awards

National Champions hand out their own awards at their recent Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.

Black Dyke


At the Black Dyke Band Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony, the 'Bandsman of the Year' trophy and the 'Pondasher Trophy' were presented by Band Chairman David Allen.


The ceremony and dinner were attended by all of the band members, trustees and their partners, together with a number of guests from the band's commercial and artistic partners.

The 'Bandsman of the Year' trophy was awarded to soprano cornet player Paul Duffy, described by Dr Nicholas Childs as a real talent4BR

Bandsman of the Year

The 'Bandsman of the Year' trophy was awarded to soprano cornet player Paul Duffy, described by Dr Nicholas Childs as a real talent.

This coveted award is voted for by the players of the band, and reflects on a player who is held in consistently high esteem by their colleagues throughout the year.


The 'Pondasher Award' was presented to trombone player Garry Reed.

Garry lives in Teeside and is one of three players from the North East who travel approximately 200 miles round trip for each band rehearsal and engagement.

Dr Childs said that Garry was one of the players who attended every rehearsal and every engagement despite living so far away and it was this commitment which was being rewarded with the Pondasher Trophy.


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Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator