Loanhead Brass Roots


The launch of the Loanhead Brass Roots commenced shortly after Alan Fernie became Musical Director in October 2001. Starting with nine players recruited from local primary schools, within two months Loanhead Brass Roots played at the Friends of the Bands concert on Loanhead Miners Club. Since then the bands have also played for services in churches and in hospitals among many other locations. For those that don't have instruments there are several available to loan. And the coaching and confidence being part of such a band can bring is unrivaled for many at this age.


Our Musical Director - Alan Fernie


Alan was born in Newtongrange and learned to play Trombone at school, soon joining the local brass band. After studying in Glasgow and London he played professionally in orchestras before beginning a career in music education in 1982. He is currently a part-time brass instructor in Midlothian.

 He began conducting in 1986 with Selkirk Silver Band, and has gone on to work with various ensembles all over Scotland and abroad, enjoying considerable competition success. He is in demand internationally as an adjudicator of brass bands contests and music festivals. He continues his prolific work arranging and composing music for brass bands at all levels. Alan is proud to be one of the Course Tutors at the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.