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 Frank Scolyer (1924 - 2006)

Frank Scolyer was born at Wynyard in 1924. His family moved to Mengha where he was living when he enlisted in the army and was sent to the Pacific during the second world war. When he was discharged he returned to Mengha. Later he married Margaret Blizzard. Frank joined the Circular Head Band and he was later persuaded by Trevor Reid to shift to Burnie and join the Brass Band.

Frank was a very competent and keen musician. He transported Juniors to practice, coached them and wrote music for them. He and Margaret had nine children. 5 boys and one of his daughters followed in his footsteps and are good musicians. His dedication to his music and his wicked sense of humour make him sorelly missed by the Band members and associates.

Frank wrote numerous arrangements of music for the band and one of his marches titled Burnie's Own was more or less adopted as the Bands official tune. You can listen to or download a WAV file of  Burnie's Own  from the Media section of this website..

In 2004 the City of Burnie Brass Band decided to change the name of its annual Bands Person of the Year award to the Frank Scolyer Trophy in honour of Frank. The trophy consists of a large clock  mounted on a attractive wooden backing with gold coloured metallic labels engraved with each winner attached to its surface. It proudly hangs in the band room to this day.

Frank Scolyer Trophy Winners

2004 Frank Scolyer 2013 Joanne Dunn 2022 Kathleen Matthews
2005 Brett Harrison 2014 Natasher Bakker            Wayne Richards
2006 Jenita Lusted 2015 Wayne Richards            Rebecca Wells
2007 Brett Harrison 2016 Nathan Wells            Nathan Wells
2008 Tanya Michalek 2017 Ken Cropper 2023 Rebecca Wells
2009 Nathan Wells 2018 Michael Bousfield  
2010 Tanya Michalek 2019 Ian Cooper  
2011 Michael Bousfield 2020 no awards (covid-19)  
2012 Andrew Bentley 2021 Rebecca Wells

To see previous winners of the Band's Person Of The Year look in the Archives section of this website.


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