Ruby was the recipient of an Encouragement Award in 2015.
At the end of 2015, the Barrier Reef Orchestra very generously awarded me with the encouragement award for my involvement throughout the year as a percussion player. It was quite a surprise considering I spend most of my time sitting back and counting bars until I have maybe one triangle beat before continuing on counting. But although this is not as intense as other parts in the orchestra, I have really enjoyed my experience with barrier reef and am very grateful that they have allowed me to continue to play with them. Another thing I really quite enjoy is learning instruments, not necessarily to a high standard, but enough to have a good play and sing along with family and friends. Therefore I decided to use a little bit of the award money to get myself a ukulele and I have gotten a lot of enjoyment out of it. As for the rest of the money, I have added that to my savings which will eventually go towards my studies at university.
I thank the Barrier Reef Orchestra for this award and also because it has made feel more a part of the orchestra itself. Looking forward to playing alongside you all at the next concert.