The Amersham Band has been recognised for their voluntary work by the Queen.

The Chilterns music group was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service on the anniversary of the Queen’s coronation on June 2.

The Amersham Band’s volunteers were recognised for their efforts to help bring brass music and musical opportunities to the Amersham community.

A celebration of outstanding volunteer work across the UK, the Queen’s Award is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive.

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The national award is the equivalent to an MBE.

Band Chairman, Fred Harrison said “Over the last few years, as we worked on our bandroom project, and subsequently in developing new bands and music opportunities, I have been amazed by the number of enthusiastic volunteers who stepped forward to help the band develop.

“It is impossible to count everyone who has supported our many fundraising events and donated time, materials or money to help us create a class-leading brass music facility.

“There must be at least a thousand, and the award is a well-deserved recognition for everyone involved.”

The lifelong honour includes a crystal award and a certificate from Countess Howe, Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.