First elected in 1981, Executive Councillor & VBL Vice President Ian Douglas has retired as the president of the Croydon Citizens’ Bands after serving 26 years in the role.
He was presented with a photographic memento (pictured below) of each of the three Croydon bands, and his work as Drum Major leading Croydon Brass Band when they marched in the 2012 Australian National Band Championships held in Melbourne.
Ian’s career as president spans four decades and tough times for the bands.
Ian served his first two years as president in 1981, after being a member for nine years. From 1983, the bands went through some rough times and by the time he was re-elected in 1989, the brass band was down to four regular players but Ian, doubling as MD, pulled out Hymn books and anything else they could manage with such small numbers. His persistence paid off and the band slowly began to grow again after several years.
At the same time, Ian has also been involved with the Victorian Bands’ League at an executive level, for over 30 years. He has lead the way in many and varied events around Victoria, including some great National Band Championships. He has received formal recognition for his contributions to the VBL, and these are all well deserved.
Over his time as president, Ian has created an organisation full of involved and capable people, who care greatly for the three bands. They are well set up for moving forward, with others sharing the load, leading by example, and constantly pursuing longevity.