Hear us – Join us!

The Royal Burgh of Peebles is a thriving community in the heart of Scotland’s border country.  We are the Peebles town band. We’ve been entertaining the community with instrumental music since 1834 and often appear at town events, like the week-long Peebles Beltane Festival.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or want more of a challenge – if you have an instrument or not – whatever your age and experience – creating music together is fun. We hope you enjoy listening to the band, but consider playing with us too.  Hear us – join us!

Where can you hear us?

We get involved in a range of community events throughout the year – from Beltane to Christmas Carols. We also stage concerts featuring a range of interesting music. Sometimes we’re allowed out of Peebles and entertain folk elsewhere in Scotland – and occasionally even further afield. Most recently we spent a memorable time performing at a music festival in Germany.

Here are some confirmed events. Others will be added as dates become clear – so please do check our full calendar of events, or visit our Facebook page.

Coming Soon!

December: Each Saturday through December we’ll be playing street concerts on Peebles High Street from 10am.
1-Dec: We’ll be playing outside Castle Warehouse on Peebles High Street from 7pm, as part of their late Christmas opening.
8-Dec: Christmas Concert! Starting at 7pm in the Borough Hall, Peebles.
24-Dec: We’ll be playing Christmas Carols in front of the Christmas Tree in the High Street from about 5.30pm.

Public events

Missed the Band at this year’s Peebles Beltane Festival? You’ll find some blog posts here and here to remind you of what you missed. You can also view a full calendar of events.

For Band Members

Senior band sessions: The Band Hall, Peebles High St., Monday and Thursday 7.15-9.15pm or as confirmed in Teamer.

Beginners band sessions: The Band Hall, Tuesdays 6-7pm.

Watch the Senior Band play traditional Māori lullaby ‘Hine e Hine’ at Neidpath Castle near Peebles

What’s been happening?

The Band plays in the Scottish Brass Band Championships each year. These are a great way to improve our playing – and measure progress. This year highly experienced Borders cornet player and conductor Mr David Robb took the band to the championships, where we achieved promotion to the Third section. This means we get to play an even harder contest piece next year!

Following this great achievement, Mr Robb has taken a step back from the senior band. In his place we’re very pleased to confirm Mr Vaughan Fleischfresser as our new Musical Director. Vaughan is well known in musical education circles internationally and will undoubedtly bring his own unique skills and experience to the band. Watch out for concerts later in the year to hear the result.

You’ve missed Vaughan leading the band at his first concert with us. But don’t despair! Here is a recording from the concert. You can hear the rest of the concert – and other recordings of the band – on SoundCloud. Do follow us, as we regularly post new recordings.

A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square – performed here by Peebles Burgh Silver Band at their concert on 9-Jan-2023.

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(Certain photos are courtesy Mark Gillham)