The Ed Jenkins trophy was inaugurated in 2002. Stephen Woods proposed the award in memory of Eddie. Ed Jenkins was a member of Sunshine City Band for many years. I first met Eddie in 1967 he was the bands principal cornet player and remained in that position for many years. Eddie was a very fine player and has helped many aspiring players in his time. He was always free with his help regarding technique or tone production or any other band matter. Eddie would have a player sit beside him and gradually give the new player more responsibility and solo work so improvement was developed over a short period of time. Eddie was never precious with his position and if he could have others share the load he was happy to do this. Eddie loved jazz playing and with his long time mate Rusty Davis formed a jazz group that entertained at many venues including Sunshine Band. For many years the band held fund raising dances on regular occasions and they would play and sing all night with minimal breaks, no mean feat. Eddie contracted asbestosis and passed away leaving a large pair of shoes to fill. Stephen Woods one of Eddies protégés wanted a way to honour Eddie’s contribution to the band for the years to come and made the first Ed Jenkins Memorial Trophy. Stephen wanted the Trophy awarded to a playing member of the band who showed outstanding commitment to both playing and support of the other members of the band. The players vote on a worthy recipient each year the winner of the trophy would have shown outstanding commitment and service during that year.
Ed Jenkins Memorial Trophy Bandsman of the Year
2003 - Sandra Martin 2009 - Georgie Wilson 2015 - Georgie Wilson
2004 - Ursula Thom 2010 - Paul Fitzgerald 2016 - Andrew Wilson
2005 - Bob Tabor 2011 - Steve Woods 2017 - Peter Hogarty
2006 - Graham Woods 2012 - Mathew Reynolds 2018 - Shan Amunugama
2007 - Graham Woods 2013 - Andrew Wilson 2019 - Alexander Wilson
2008 - Wayne Bowden 2014 - Andrew Wilson 2020 - Not Awarded