The man behind one of the fastest growing cultural events in the UK was recognized by the Yorkshire Society at its annual awards.
Alex Bray, of Holmfirth founded The Brass Factor as a university project to promote and inspire interest in the heritage of the brass band.
Since its inception as a one venue competition in his home town it has grown to fill packed houses and a waiting list of bands keen to sign up.
The competition pits competitive junior brass bands against each other in front of a panel of knowledgeable celebrity judges and enthusiastic fans.
Last year Brass Factor played to packed houses in Harrogate and Holmfirth and this year Alex has added Wetherby to the venue line up due to popular demand.
His achievement at creating and growing a start up in a very tough business environment and with few resources was recognized by the Yorkshire Society which itself seeks to inspire pride and promote the very best that is Yorkshire.
Alex was awarded the society’s Diversity award demonstrating that the competition is open to all and for all.
Chairman, Keith Madeley, said of Alex:
“This young man is ensuring that future generations of people in Yorkshire will continue to enjoy what the county is famous for and that is Brass Bands.
“He has become a great team leader for the world of brass and is an inspiration to all young people in setting out and achieving objectives.”
The Yorkshire Society award follows The Dalesman Awards earlier in the month when Alex was named Young Achiever.