Allan Ramsay to take YBS at Area. The YBS band can announce that they have appointed Allan Ramsay as their conductor for the Yorkshire Regional Championships. Allan and the band will make their debut together on the contest stage with the set test piece Isaiah 40 by Robert Redhead. Allan Ramsay is regarded as one of Scotland’s most successful conductors in recent years. His formative musical tuition began in the Salvation Army at Govan Citadel and he went on to become the principal cornet of the then CWS (Glasgow) Band and in 1990 became the first, and to date the only, Scottish band to win the coveted National Championship title in the Royal Albert Hall. In the mid 1990’s Allan was appointed as musical director to the Kirkintilloch Band and for the next seven years, led the band through the most successful period in their history in terms of contest successes, culminating in winning the Grand Shield title in 2001. Further successes followed with Unison Kinneil, Newtongrange and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Bands. Allan is currently the Associate Professional Conductor with the Scottish Co-op Band. The band has already qualified for the finals of the National Championships of Great Britain by virtue of their third place in the final of October 2006, and so their appearance in the Royal Albert Hall in 2007 is already assured. The band has yet to appoint a permanent professional conductor and consideration as to who is the most suitable candidate will be made after the Regional Championships.