Tom Martin died on Sunday morning following a stroke he had a few days earlier on Wednesday. Tom is survived by his wife Lena and by his children, Tom, Catherine and Anne Marie. The passing of Tom Martin is very sad news indeed for everyone in Scottish banding, and in particular for his many friends, colleagues and the countless pupils who Tom taught over the years. Tom was a pioneering brass teacher in West Lothian in the 1970’s and founded the Fauldhouse Miners Youth band which he took from the 4th to the Championship section in Scotland in successive years!. I was a pupil of ‘Mr Martin’ at Whitburn Academy in the mid 1970’s. Tom's Requiem Mass will take place on Saturday 29th March in St. John the Baptist R.C. Church, Fauldhouse at 10am. Tom will be interred afterwards in Fauldhouse cemetery. A vey great teacher to many, his passing is a very great loss to many. Andy Duncan.