Lochgelly Band - Slow Melody contest results


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The Lochgelly Band held the second Bill Shaw Memorial Slow Melody Contest in Torleys function suite, Lochgelly on Sunday 28th March. Because this year is the bands 150th anniversary it was decided to open the field up to entries from all bands in Scotland. The response to this was a fantastic entry of 25 players over both sections. The junior section attracted seven entries including the current Scottish intermediate champion Ross Brotherston from St. Ronans band. A very strong field of eighteen entries in the open section included former Scottish Senior champion Gareth Ross of Newtongrange and reigning Northern Counties champion Calum Booth of Granite City Brass. The adjudicator for this years contest was Mr Archie Hutchison from Kirkoswald. Archie is a former conductor of Lochgelly Band and was a friend of Bill Shaw and is a very respected figure in Scottish brass band circles.

The contest opened with the junior section which was won by Ross Brotherston of St. Ronans band playing the Stephen Roberts arrangement of the Irish air Carrickfergus. In second place came trombonist Heather Singer of Forfar Academy playing Spring Lullaby by P.S. Hall. None of the junior players went away empty handed though as all of them were awarded certificates and medals. It was also pleasing to see three of our own juniors performing solo in front of an audience for the first time. So congratulations to Ross Brotherston then who takes with him the Bill Shaw solo trophy, and a cheque for £25. The prizes in the Junior section were awarded by Marie Imrie.

The winner of the open section, and recipient of the Bill Shaw Memorial trophy and a cheque for £50, was Whitburn band Eb Bass player Graham Fraser playing the John Golland composition Peace. In second place was last years champion John Martin of Lochgelly band with Gareth Ross of Newtongrange and Calum Booth of Granite City taking up third and fourth place respectively. The prizes in the Open section were awarded by Claire Dickson.

The band were very pleased to receive entries from bands throughout Scotland and also with the quality of those entries. It was a fitting tribute to Bill and we look forward to staging next years contest. We would like to express our thanks to all those who entered and also to adjudicator Archie Hutchison, accompanist Robert Duncan and piano supplier Brian Anderson.

Full Results

Junior Section

1st, Ross Brotherston, St. Ronans, Cornet
2nd, Heather Singer, Forfar Academy, Trombone
Merit, Michael Abbot, Lochgelly, Tenor Horn
Merit Charlotte Davey, Dalkeith & Monktonhall, Tenor Horn
Merit, Kim McCathie, Lochgelly, Flugelhorn
Merit, Murray McFarlane, Dunfermline Town, Cornet
Merit, Keilidh Watson, Lochgelly, Tenor Horn

Open Section
1st, Graham Fraser, Whitburn, Eb Bass
2nd, John Martin, Lochgelly, Eb Bass
3rd, Gareth Ross, Newtongrange, Euphonium
4th, Calum Booth, Granite City, Cornet

The following players also played in the Open section of the contest.

Brian Anderson, Clackmannan, Euphonium
David Bennison, Lochgelly, Eb Bass
Jason Blyth, Perthshire Brass, Cornet
Ross Brotherston, St. Ronans, Cornet
Charlotte Davey, Dalkeith & Monktonhall, Tenor Horn
Robert Fraser, Whitburn, Eb Bass
Bill Guyan, Lochgelly, Eb Bass
Margaret Guyan, Queensferry High, Tenor Horn
Alison Hall, Kirkintilloch, Tenor Horn
Danny Harrison, Dunfermline Town, Cornet
Aileen McAlpine, Lochgelly, Tenor Horn
Fiona McAlpine, Lochgelly, Tenor Horn
Ian Ross, Broxburn Public, Soprano
Jacqueline Symon, Livingston, Flugelhorn


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Why was it only open to Scottish bands? I'd have come home to play in it if I'd have known about it John, and I'm sure a few other of my friends would have as well!

Being an ex- Fifer I like to see Fife bands doing good things. Well done Lochgelly, Bill'd be very proud.


Glad it went well John and congrats on coming 2cnd.I think it would be a bit far to come up for most Laura-650 mile round trip at a guess.Bands up here don't get asked to come down to individual solo contests organised by local bands down South probably for the same reason.

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