Marcoola musical director Ken Chadwick has been awarded an Order of Australia for his tireless dedication to the community, particularly through the fundraising efforts of his Sunshine Coast Concert Band, as part of this year’s Australia Day honours.
Mr Chadwick has been an intrinsic part of the concert band since the mid-1990s as both the conductor and the music director.
He has been a member of the Nambour Brass Band, as well as its conductor, a band member of the Victorian police force, a music teacher with the Victorian education department and part of the Royal Australian Air Force central band.
Mr Chadwick has been just as dedicated to charities and served as president of the Buderim War Memorial community association from 2000 to 2001 and served as the president and secretary of the Lions Club of Essendon between 1971 and 1986.
Through the Sunshine Coast Concert Band he has combined his love of both music and serving the community.
He has been the driving force behind music events which have raised money for various groups, including the Nambour Special School, Caloundra Blue Care, the Coolum High School chaplaincy and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
But the 80-year-old musician sees his achievements as a labour of love.
“I feel as though I am accepting the award on behalf of the musicians I have worked with over the years,” he said.
“Very rarely are amateur organisations recognised, in particular the musicians I work with in the Sunshine Coast Concert Band, for the sacrifices they make.”
Mr Chadwick said he was humbled and honoured by his award and thanked fellow musician Barry Rogers for the nomination.
But he saved his biggest thanks for his wife of 58 years, Val, who Mr Chadwick said had supported him “through everything”.
“She has been with me all the way in everything I have attempted, from the dance bands and school bands to what we are doing today,” Mr Chadwick said.
“She has always involved herself in what I am doing, which is quite a sacrifice because she is a musician herself and probably gave up her career to help mine along.
“I could never thank her enough.”
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