SHOCKED to even be nominated for Australia Day awards, local musicians Carmel Lee and Cody McCarthy are no doubt gob-smacked to be named the Senior and Junior Cultural Award winners for Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine.
“(I’m) shocked and completely stunned,” Mr McCarthy said of his nomination.
While Ms Lee said it was “a real surprise”.
MC for the event, Proserpine Lions Club president David Hinschen, said Ms Lee, who has been a part of the Proserpine Citizens Band for 50 years, was “an excellent role model for the younger players”.
“As the second-longest serving member and current trombonist, she is known as a devoted, diligent and valued member of the band,” he said.
Ms Lee said the reason for her long service was simple.
“I just enjoy music,” she said. “I enjoy being part of a group, and all my family has ended up in the band and the grandkids – it’s a real family affair.”
Mr Hinschen said Mr McCarthy was also a role model in the community, being heavily involved in both school- based and extracurricular music programs.
“He was very actively involved in all elements of the instrumental music program (at Proserpine State High School) as a member of the concert band and a band leader, as well as a sound engineer assisting in the training of younger students for that role,” he said.
Mr McCarthy said he loved the whole process.
“It’s just interesting how it all just blends together and it all just makes one big show,” he said.
BEST IN SHOW: Carmel Lee and Cody McCarthy were named the Senior and Junior Cultural Award winners.