Coach for training band fits the bill
AFTER coaching Gillingham Imperial Silver Band's training band for the last eight years Jackie Adams fitted the bill as a Community Hero perfectly according to the band's musical director Paul Williams.
Jackie conducts, coaches and trains people of all ages – from 6 to 60 – to play brass and percussion instruments.
Nominating Jackie, Mr Williams said: "The sheer dedication, enthusiasm and energy that Jackie puts into each and every rehearsal has made the training band the place to learn a musical instrument in town and the results of Jackie's hard work is a thriving training band made up of more than 30 learners."
He added that Jackie's dedication had ensured the survival of the senior band at a time when many bands across the country were struggling to find players and finance.
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"As a professional musician I am involved in lots of musical educational projects," he added. "I can honestly say that Jackie's work with the Gillingham Training Band has made it one of the most successful brass training bands in the county.
"The town of Gillingham should be very proud of Jackie's dedication."
Mrs Adams said that she had been really surprised by the nomination: "It was a really humbling experience," she said. "I was quite overwhelmed by it all."
Paying tribute to her work, Gillingham mayor Val Pothecary said that Jackie's dedication summed up what the awards were all about.
She said: "Jackie's work with the band absolutely fits the award's criteria. She is certainly a very worthy winner."
Mrs Pothecary hosted the town's first ever Community Hero Awards ceremony at Gillingham Town Hall earlier this month. It followed a pledge she made when she took office to organise an event to recognise the town's unsung champions.
Gillingham residents were asked to nominate members of the community that they felt deserved special recognition.