Andrew Grady Civic Award 2018

Originally from East Yorkshire I moved to Hertfordshire in 1991 and has been actively involved with music in Hertfordshire and the Home Counties for many years.

From an early age, I have been involved in music making, either playing a Musical Instrument or Singing.

I started playing a Trumpet at the age of eight and then took up playing a Cornet.

At the age of thirteen, I joined my first Contesting Band, Hessle Royal British Legion.

In 1989 I joined a newly formed East Yorkshire Brass Band and remained with them until 1991 when I moved from the North of England to live in London.

In 1992 I joined a Brass Group called, Borehamwood Brass, whilst also playing with Welwyn Garden City Band in 1996.

In 2016 I moved from Welwyn Garden City Band to play with Hitchin Band, who are currently a Championship Section Band.

I regularly help at different local community events within my home town, playing at several church events throughout the year.

I am also a committee member of the London and Southern Counties Regional Area Brass Band Contest, which consists of representatives from the four local amateur brass band associations across the south east. This committee organises the local area brass band contest held every year as part of the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain.

I am also on the Borehamwood and Elstree Twin-town association, and regularly assist in receiving and organising trips to the partner towns of Elstree & Borehamwood, these being Fontaney Aux Roses, near Paris, France, and Offenburg in South West Germany.

In 2018 I was presented with a Civic Award for all my work within the local community, in particular my championing the idea with the Rotary Clubs in Elstree & Borehamwood for the building of an entertainment arena, access able for all.