7th July 2022. Heritage Brass held its annual ‘end of season’ concert with a programme of music at Georgina Corps, preceded by a dinner at the Legion in Sutton. It marked an interesting time in that, because of Covid 19 the event was put on hold in 2020 and 2021. It is at the dinner that the band recognizes changes in personnel that might include, Promotions to Glory, Retirements, New members and Administrative business.
Catching up on 3 years, there was much to do…
‘Promotions to Glory’ – It was with sadness that we said goodbye to 3 members…
– Cliff Cummings – Band Member: 1994 to 2022.
– Major Ted Kimmins – Band Member: 2008 to 2021.
– Geoff Norton – Band Member: 2009 to 2021. (Geoff was recognized for his service as B/M back in 2009. He also served as B/M from 2013 to 2014).
* On these occasions, the band attends the funeral in full uniform but in the case of Geoff and Ted, with Covid, this was not possible. These members are missed and we thank God for the times we enjoyed with them. Our sympathies go to Shirley, Ruth and Marion and their families
‘Retirements’ – Six members were recognized for their service…
– Mal Allington – Band Member: 2000 to 2022.
– Lew Chaulk – Band Member: 1996 to 2022.
– Gary Dean – Band Member: 1998 to 2019.
– Major Ron Millar – Executive Officer: October 2017 to September 2019.
– Steve Preece – Band Member: June 2003 to April 2020.
– Major Ernie Reid – Band Member: October 2011 to August 2020. (Ernie was previously recognized for his service as Executive Officer back in 2011.)
‘New Members’ – HB Pins were presented to 4 New Members – Betty Linkvist, Tim Pomeroy, Ken Rawlins and Dave Stevens. The band says ‘welcome’ and prays that their time with HB will bring blessing and enjoyment.
‘Special Recognition’ – Henry Preece (Band Librarian). Henry was recognized for the countless hours he spends in the band library, copying music and organizing music, made more difficult that the library is off-site to where the band rehearses. Thank you, Henry.
‘Service recognition’ – Craig Lewis – Bandmaster: 2019 to 2022. It is interesting to note that at the same event 3 years before, Craig Lewis was presented his commission as the B/M of Heritage brass. The next time the event is held, Craig retires from the position, due to a change in his employment situation. Noted too is the time that Craig actually stood in front of the band, limited due to Covid with the band not meeting for almost 18 months. These were good years where Craig lifted the standard of the band’s playing. The band will always remember Craig’s leadership and wish him God’s blessing wherever his journey takes him.
Following a great time of fellowship and a wonderful meal, the band reconvened at Georgina corps where a good-sized congregation gathered and enjoyed a well-balanced programme of music.