Early last month the Band took part in the Borders Entertainment Contest in Langholm where we were placed 12th out of 17 competing bands. The adjudicator felt that programme we presented did not emphasise the Band’s strengths, particularly our ability to play “lyrically” and, had we done so, we may well have been placed a couple of notches higher. Although this was mildly disappointing the result has to be seen in the context of what has been, from a personnel point of view, a fairly disruptive year for the Band. Our playing strength has been somewhat depleted due to some departures and, in particular, the loss of a number of our talented youngsters to university. Nevertheless after some reorganisation the Band has stabilised and, seen from that perspective, the result was fairly encouraging and gives us a good foundation to build on.

Our big event in November was the Remembrance Concert, which we organised, and was held in the Parish Church. The church was packed for what was a moving and uplifting evening and we are pleased to report that the retiral collection raised over £1800 in aid of the work of the Royal British Legion Scotland. Thanks are due to all who joined us for the evening and also to all of those who participated in the concert and made it such a hugely successful and memorable night.

With Christmas fast approaching rehearsals are well under way putting together the programme for our Christmas Concert which will take place on Friday 11th at 7.30pm in the Burgh Hall. The junior band will also be taking part and we will be joined once again by Kingsland School Choir. This is always a popular and enjoyable night and definitely gets everyone into the Christmas spirit, so don’t delay in buying your tickets. These can be obtained from Keystore (Robbs Newsagents) or at the door on the night.

We will be playing carols on the High Street and other parts of the town on the Saturday mornings leading up to Christmas, so do stop and listen to us. On Christmas Eve itself, we will be out playing at the Parish Church steps in the early part of the evening.

Finally as the year heads towards its close, the Band would like to thank all who have supported us over the past twelve months and we wish everyone a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.