High awards for members of the Postmusik Salzburg
Over the past 25 years the Postmusik Salzburg has become an internationally known orchestra and Austrian cultural ambassador. This development is closely related to the tireless commitment of Walter Blachfellner, who has been chairman of the orchestra since 1989. During this period the orchestra developed from a band with only 17 musicians to a symphonic wind orchestra with over 70 members. After a quarter of a century, Walter Blachfellner resigned his activity at the general assembly of the Postmusik Salzburg on January 21st and handed over the function of chairman to Tobias Speigner. The orchestra thanked him for this many years of commitment with appointing him to the first honorary chairman of the Postmusik Salzburg.
But not only Walter Blachfellner was honoured at this general assembly. Many musicians were also honoured with high awards for their many years of service to the orchestra. A total of five badges of merit in bronze and a ‘Maketendinnen brooch’ for ten years of membership, two badges of merit in silver for 25 years of membership, five badges of merit in gold for 40 years membership, three badges of merit in gold with a laurel wreath for 50 years of membership, one ‘badge of honor in gold with barrette’ for 60 years of membership, and a gold medal of thanks for special services were given to honoured members of the Postmusik Salzburg. The honours were handed over by Matthäus Rieger the chairman of the Salzburg Association of Wind and Brass Music as well as by Armin Fallwickl, the association’s chairman of the City of Salzburg.
In addition to the awards from the Salzburg Association of Wind and Brass Music Rainhard Kaminsky was particularly thanked by the Postmusik Salzburg in particular by appointing him to an honorary musician. The outgoing deputy chairman Matthias Schindlauer and Anton Sturl, the former manager of the Post Big Band, were appointed to honorary members for their many years of service to the Postmusik Salzburg.