Granville Jennings long service award

Posted by Mark Wilkinson on 21 September 2015

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granville presentationDuring a concert at Sandbach Town Hall on the 17th September Foden's Band made a 'long Service award' presentation to librarian Granville Jennings.

Granville has clocked up 67 years continuous service to brass bands (and counting) as both a soprano player and conductor which started in 1948 with the Wigan British Legion Band. In 1951 Granville joined the Coppull Band before moving to Wingates in 1953. In 1960 Granville moved to the Haigh Band and then the Lower Ince Band in 1962 before joining Foden's in 1964. Granville was instrumental in helping Foden's claim the 'British Open' title in 1964 performing the test piece Lorenzo.

Granville stayed with Foden’s for ten years before Teddy Gray coaxed him away to join the Royal Doulton Band  between 1974 and 1978. In 1978 Granville left Royal Doulton's to take up the baton with the Congleton based Beresford’s Band until 1990. In 1990 Granville returned to his beloved Foden's as one of the bands librarians as well as continuing his playing with the Winterley Methodist Band (1990 to date) and in 2012  joined the Sandbach U3A band. 

During the concert Mark Wilkinson thanked Granville for his continued service and dedication to Foden's and the brass band movement before presenting him with the 'Diamond Award' from the 'North West Area Brass Band Association' which is the Associations longest service award which commemorates 60 years or more service to banding. 

For any conductor and every audience, Foden’s Band is a musical Magic Carpet. It continually takes the listener to places that few other ensembles rarely even approach Howard Snell