For 2014, our anniversary, the Association wished to consider more Fellowships, recognising people from the past as well as the present, who have contributed to BYBAs heritage.
One such individual is Mr Ron Everett and at the recent Midlands Showdown contest Ron was presented with his BYBA Fellowship award.
Ron has been an active Ambassador within the youth activity for over 30 years. In the beginning with Kenilworth Guides from 1971. The Guides grew from strength to strength, and Ron decided he could do more. He asked Warwick Town Council for backing, rallied the troops and in 1979, Warwick Corps of Drums was formed.
In the early days, they out-grew a small community centre, and Ron started the mammoth task of re-vamping the West End Centre, which became home to the Warwick Corps of Drums. Over the years the West End Centre and Warwick Girls have hosted a number of bands from North America, Scandinavia, mainland Europe, as well as UK friends.
This all girl group, one of the longest standing within the Association but also the country, started to take part in competitions within the British Youth Band Association (almost from its birth), across the years competing in every class. In the late 80s, Warwick was host to the band competition at Aylesford School, and the Concert Band Competition at the Royal Spa Centre.
Over the years Ron has been an avid supporter of the Association and continues to put in an appearance at a competition. He is still very much interested in the youth activity and in the last 2 years has set up the Warwick Community Band.
Other recognition that Ron has gathered are:-
- Invitation to the Queen’s Garden Party for service to Youth (2003).
- Warwick Citizen of the Year for community work (2010).
- He holds the role of Court Leet, Warwick Town Council in recognition for his work for the town.
- Ron is also the President of the Warwick Corps of Drums.
It seems pertinent therefore that Ron should be recognised in Warwick’s 35th Anniversary year and BYBAs 40th Anniversary year.