At the beginning of November, the Senior Band took part in the Borders Entertainment Contest in the Memorial Hall, Innerleithen when a good time was had by all.  Unfortunately a few Bands called off in the lead up to the Contest but 13 Bands turned up on the day to entertain the audience and the two adjudicators.  This open competition is designed for Bands in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sections of the Scottish Brass Band Association with each band playing a 15 minute “own choice” programme of music designed to entertain the audience and hopefully show off their band’s talent and potential.  We opened with our Musical Director, Peter Holmes’ own arrangement of the main theme from the Avengers – the superhero variety not the ones from the 1960’s TV series. – “Too loud and scary” said one of the adjudicators – that was just what Peter wanted but not the style preferred by the former.  Sophie Ward-Murray continued with her Flugel Solo “Under the Boardwalk” – a great job Sophie all the more so playing without music. The Beatles song Norwegian Wood was a good choice for us with the melody echoing around the various sections of the Band.  Our final piece “Music from The Incredibles” – another Superhero Film Theme so enjoyed by Peter, brought out the best in the Band and also some positive comments from our competitors. Although we played up to our rehearsal standard and with no glaring mistakes (to me at least), we were placed 10th out of 13 – this is not as negative as it sounds as we will be competing directly with the one 4th Section Band above us, Kilmarnock Concert and the three 4th Section Bands below us, at the Scottish Championships in March. So hopefully better luck next time.

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After the Contest, the Band were back into our traditional events – playing on the High Street on 10th November 2018 in honour of the eight members of the Band who did not survive the Great War and then leading the Act of Remembrance at the Peebles County War Memorial on the 11th November.  Morna Millar, our Principal Cornet player did an excellent job of playing the Last Post and Reveille. The Band’s Wreath was laid by our Chairman, Colin Napier whilst the rest of the Band played the Remembrance Hymn – O Valiant Hearts.

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Christmas cheer or at least Christmas music is upon us already as we prepare for our Christmas Concert in the Burgh Hall on Friday 7th December. Please note the Concert starts at 7.00 pm.  We are delighted to be joined again by Kingsland Primary School Choir under the excellent guidance of Caroline Belleville and our own Youth Band conducted by Davy Robb.  This is our highlight of the year and great entertainment for just £6 a head.  Tickets are available at Keystore (Robb’s Newsagents) in the Eastgate or from any Band Member.  Hopefully we will see you there.