Band life members inducted

LOYALTY REWARDED: Mount Gambier City Band president Allan Woodham (centre) congratulates new life members Linda Cruise and Jarrod Harrison.

TWO long-serving Mount Gambier City Band members have received life membership to the organisation.

President Allen Woodham bestowed the honour upon Linda Cruise and Jarrod Harrison at the final rehearsal of 2020, with the pair continuing their passion and loyalty to the band this year.

Ms Cruise has been a non-playing band member since 1977 and consistently attends contests, concerts, rehearsals and any number of band events.

“Linda has been and continues to be on hand for any jobs that might be required,” Mr Woodham said.

“Her support goes beyond just the City Band though and her commitment to local music extends to the Mount Gambier City Concert Band and the Limestone Coast Symphony Orchestra,” he said.

“Linda’s contributions include extensive catering for events, loading and helping with set up and packing up, organiser, and really anything that she can help with.”

Mr Woodham said Ms Cruise was a creative and passionate fundraiser, who along with her husband John, always finds ways to generate funds for the sustainability of the band and hall.

Mr Harrison also has a long history with the band, starting as a junior in 1983 and continuing until 1999 when he moved to Adelaide.

He returned to the band around 10 years ago and has held the role of principal cornet, deputy conductor, stand in drum major and musical director.

“His banding experience and musicianship has been appreciated by many members of the band as he has helped and mentored many players,” Mr Woodham said.