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 December 2016 - March 2017

The period between the start of December and the middle of March is as always the Band’s busiest part of the year. In addition to starting working on the Test Piece for the Scottish Contest, December brings various playing engagements. 

The month started with the Annual Concert with all the Bands to a large audience in the main hall of Loanhead Miners’ Club, then came the Merchants of Edinburgh Christmas Party, church services in Loanhead, Roslin and in Rosslyn Chapel. The Band also played at a couple of fund raisers at Morrisons at Gilmerton.

January through to the beginning of March saw the usual Monday rehearsals supplemented with numerous extra sectionals and full sessions. 

The extra work paid off as the Band gained our highest placing in the Scottish Championships for many years with sixth place. The Band is extremely grateful to all the hard work which Kenny has put it preparing us for the competition.

We are looking forward to our Social Afternoon in the Croft Suite with several of the Band performing as well as fun afternoon for the Band and friends.

 

Third Section Result

Test Piece: 'Darkwood' (Dan Price)
Adjudicators: Steve Pritchard Jones and Chris Wormald

1. Irvine & Dreghorn (Helen Dowthwaite -Teasdale) — 184*
2. St. David's Brass (John A Dickson) — 180*
3. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil) — 178
4. Brass Sound Inverclyde (Christopher Mansfield) — 177
5. Tullis Russell Intermediate (Steven Craig) — 176
6. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Kenny Letham) — 175
7. Langholm Town (Chris Shanks) — 174
8. Peebles Burgh (Stephen Baird) — 173
9. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw) — 172
10. Whitburn Heartlands (Scott Kerr) — 170
11. Barrhead Burgh (Michael Howie) — 169

 

On March 26th, the Band held a social event in the Croft Suite. It was attended by around 35 members and friends and took the form of a Music Competition where we were entertained by 10 of the band playing various instruments and one Farquhar McFarquharson of Fochabers who performed a few tunes for us. The competition was won by Susan Brown and was followed by a quiz.

 

Results from Kilmarnock

Band Supplies Scottish Challenge - Grand Hall - Kilmarnock 19th November




Adjudicators Alan Fernie & Brenden Wheeler





Band Name

Conductor

Section

Draw

Points

Place

J36 Brass

Andrew Warriner

3

13

195

1

Bo'ness & Carriden

Charlie Ferren

1

22

194

2

The Bathgate Band

Anne Crookston

1

5

193

3

Newmilns & Galston

Alan Cameron

1

21

192

4

Dunaskin Doon

Chris Bradley

2

6

191

5

Annan Town Band

Andrew Holland

1

11

190

6

Arbroath Istrumental

Mike Robertson

2

4

189

7

Dalkeith & Monktonhall

James Chamberlain

1

19

188

8

Granite City Brass

Bruce Wallace

1

15

187

9

Johnstone Band

Martyn Ramsay

1

10

186

10

Coalburn Silver

Gareth Bowman

2

2

185

11

South Yorkshire Police Band

Jack Capstaff

1

12

184

12

Campbeltown Brass

Gordon Evans

3

17

183

13

Shotts St Patrick's Brass

Chris Mansfield

2

3

182

14

Irvine & Dreghorn Brass Band

Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale

2

9

181

15

Perthshire Band

George Annan

2

23

180

16

MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Band

Kenneth Letham

3

16

179

17

Dysart Colliery Band

Ross Brotherstone

4

7

178

18

Whitburn Heartlands

Scott Kerr

4

1

177

19

Brass Sounds Inverclyde

Chris Mansfield

4

8

176

20

Tullis Russell Intermediate

Steven Craig

3

18

176

20

Kilmarnock Concert Brass

Scott Walker

4b

14



Granite City Community Band

Alex Dawson

4b

20



Newmains & District

Peter Holmes

4

w/d



December 2015

As always the lead up to Christmas is a busy time.  The band in addition to its rehearsals, had several engagements. The lighting of Loanhead’s Christmas Lights on the 7th was the first event, followed by Loanhead Church’s Christmas Service, Rosylnn Chapels Service of 9 lessons and carols, Roslin Kirk and our Christmas Concert.

January to October 2016

On return after our Christmas break on January 4th, it was straight into twice weekly rehearsals to prepare for the Scottish Championships which were held again at the Perth Concert Hall on March 12th.

Third Section

Test piece: A Cambrian Suite | Michael Ball

Adjudicators: Professor John Miller and Kevin Wadsworth 

Results

1) Campbeltown Brass | Gordon Evans MBE |9 | 180

2) Selkirk Silver | Stuart Black  |7 | 178

3) Tullis Russell Intermediate | Steven Craig | 4 | 176

4) Buckhaven & Methil Miners | David Neil | 5| 174

5) Barrhead Burgh | Brian Keachie  | 2  | 173

6) Langholm Town | Chris Shanks |6 |  172

7) Whitburn Heartlands  | Chris Bradley | 1  | 171

8) MacTaggart Scott | Kenneth Letham | 8 |  169

9) Tayport Instrumental | Frank Culross | 3  | 168 

Best instrumentalist: Murray Ralston, euphonium, Campbeltown Brass

The rehearsal regime was to continue in March and April as the band continued to prepare for the contest platform this time at the Fife Contest at the Carnegie Hall Dunfermline on 23rd April.  Metis gained the prize for the best soloist with her performance of She accompanied by the band.

Results

Adjudicator: Archie Hutchison

Section 1

1) Newmilns & Galston 191

2) The Bathgate Band 190

3) The Lochgelly Band 189

4) Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band 188

Best instrumentalist: Cornet, Newmilns (Douglas Cameron) 

Section 2

1) Ellington Colliery  191

2) Shotts St Patricks 190

3) Arbroath Instrumental 189

4) Coalburn Silver 186

5) Renfew Burgh 185

Best instrumentalist: Cornet, Ellington (John Colvine) 

Section 3

1) Buckhaven and Methil Miners 190

2) Mactaggart Scott (Loanhead) 188

Best instrumentalist: Tenor Horn, Mactaggarts (Metis Denton) 

Section 4

1) Newmains and District Brass Band  189

2) Penicuik Silver Band 188

3) Dysart Colliery Silver 187

4) Dunfermline Town Band  186

5=) Callander Brass 185

5=) Brass Sounds Inverclyde 185

Best instrumentalist: Euphonium, Newmains (John Stirling)

 

In May we had our Friends’ of the Band concert at the Miners’

The months of June and July saw the usual busy period with weekly rehearsals and  Gala Days starting with Poltonhall on the 5th followed by Blackburn, East Whitburn, Loanhead in June and Seafield in July. 

We had a short summer break before returning to rehearsals on 18th and on the 30th we performed in an all day engagement at Musselburgh’s Riding of the Marches, an event which only comes round every 21 years.

In August our rehearsals continued with a special engagement at Falkirk’s Dollar Park, where we opened a rejuvenated Band Stand in the park’s walled garden.

September and October saw the Band returning to rehearsals in preparation for contests taking place in November.

In November the band has had extra rehearsals to prepare for two contests, the first taking place in Galashiels on the 5th at The Borders College.

Placing

Band

Conductor

MF

MG

Total

Section

Draw

1

Bathgate

Anne Crookston

1

1

2

1

5

2

Jedforest Instrumental

Phil Rosier

2

2

4

1

20

3

Shotts St Patrick's

Chris Mansfield

3

3

6

2

15

4

Langholm Town

Chris Shanks

4

4

8

3

9

5

St Ronan's Silver

Alan Fernie

6

5

11

2

10

6

Lochgelly

Paul McKelvie OBE

7

7

14

1

2

7

Renfrew Burgh

Mark Good

8

6

14

2

11

8

Broxburn and Livingston

Chris Shanks

5

10

15

2

1

9

Penicuik Silver

Stuart Black

9

8

17

4

14

10

Annan Town

David Hamilton

11

9

20

1

13

11

Hawick Saxhorn 

Alan Fernie

10

14

24

4

7

12

Tullis Intermediate

Gavin Lindsay

12

13

25

3

16

13

Selkirk Silver

Stuart Black

14

11

25

3

18

14

Newland Concert Brass

Paul McKelvie OBE

15

12

27

4

3

15

MacTaggart Scott Loanhead

Kenny Letham

13

15

28

3

6

16

Irvine and Dreghorn

Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale

16

16

32

2

12

17

Buckhaven and Methil Miners

David Neil

17

17

34

3

19

18

Newmains and District Brass

Peter Holmes

18

18

36

4

17

Best Soloist: Bass Trombone, Penicuik Silver Best Instrumentalist: Kit Player, Jedforest Instrumental

Best Instrumentalist: Kit Player, Jedforest Instrumental

Best Solo Cornet: Shotts St Patrick's

Best Bass Section: Bathgate

Best Percussion: Bathgate

Best 1st Section band: Bathgate

Best 2nd Section band: Shotts St Patrick’s

Best 3rd Section band: Langholm Town

Best 4th Section band: Penicuik Silver

Highest placed Borders band: Jedforest Instrumental

Entertainment Prize: Langholm Town

Deportment Prize: Bathgate

 

Our second contest was on the 19th at the Grand Hall in Kilmarnock’s Palace Theatre.  After our disappointing result in the Borders, we were in third place in 3rd Section, 17th overall.

 

Band Update - October 2015

 


October 2015 
October has been a busy month with twice weekly rehearsals in preparation for the Scottish Shield Contest in Perth next month. There of course has had to be changes in personnel as we sadly say goodbye to Luca who is returning to his home in Italy after completing his university studies. 

There was a get together with the band in the Beijing Buffet to say our goodbyes and who knows there could well be a brass band in Ala in a few years time. 

 

We also had an engagement for the Midlothian Science Festival with two spots at Lasswade High School on the 10th. The first playing outside the school door followed by the second in the school hall. A first for the band setting up on the stairway in the hall. 


The following article appeared on the S B B A Website in October 

Under the spotlight: Mactaggart Scott Loanhead


AHEAD of the Band Supplies Scottish Challenge on November 28, the Scottish Brass Band Association is turning the spotlight on each of the competing bands. 

First up is Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Band, based in Midlothian. The fourth section band came second at the Scottish Championships earlier in 2015, earning the right to represent its country at the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham in September. 
Here, the band introduces itself... 

Soprano: Steve Keightley 
Principal Cornet: Alice Kane 
Flugel: Susan Brown 
Solo Horn: Metis Denton 
Principal Trombone: Andrew Pennycook 
Solo Baritone: Ron McClure 
Solo Euphonium: Chris Mason 
Solo Eb Bass: Fiona Mundy 
Principal percussionist: Grant Brown 

Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Band traces its roots back to Polton Mills Band, winners of the Scottish Championships in 1904. The band became the Loanhead Ex-Service and Burgh Band which disbanded prior to WW2. The band in its present incarnation was formed in 1943 when a concert party from the local engineering works, Mactaggart Scott & Company was rehearsing in the town hall. It came across the stored instruments and approached the town council with a view to forming a 'works band'. Thus, the present band was born and known for many years as Mactaggart Scott Works Band. 

During the 1950s and '60s approximately half the members were employees of the company and we currently have an employee of the company in our number. Band members now travel from all over the Lothians and beyond. The band set up Loanhead Brass Roots, our junior band in 2002 under the baton of our then MD Alan Fernie. Alan continues to conduct our junior bands and we are delighted that many of our current players have come through our youth bands. 

Having lost a number of key players in the summer of 2014, we were very pleased to come second in the fourth section of the Scottish Championships in March of this year under our former MD Bobby Weir who was with the band until May. The band came a very creditable 10th in the National Finals in September. 

 

Band Update - September 2015

September 

We continued with our twice weekly rehearsals and in the final run in to the contest extra sectional and full rehearsals had to be fitted in to the busy schedule. We have to thank both Newtongrange Band and the Miners’ Club for allowing us to practice in their halls. 

Cheltenham Weekend 

The band gathered at the Band Hall early on Friday 18th to load up the Hunters Coach. We left at 9:00 a.m. for the run to Carlisle via the Borders to pick up Alan in Selkirk en-route. Picking up the M6 at Carlisle we stopped for lunch at Tebay Services and a further stop at Keele. As we were approaching Birmingham in the rush hour, the driver advised that due to major roadworks on the M6/M5 junction, is would be quicker and advisable to take the M6 Toll and M42 picking up the M5 south of Birmingham for the final run to Cheltenham arriving at 5:00 p.m. Following a short rehearsal at 7:30 the remainder of the evening was free. 

On Saturday we had a further rehearsal in St Catherine’s Church, Gloucester for a couple of hours before returning to the hotel to pick up the supporters and moving on the Centaur at Cheltenham Race Course. The Band were drawn 8 out of 19 bands and we had to wait until around half five to perform. We played very well and were proud to receive 10th place. 

On Sunday the plan was to leave at 9:30, however due to Steve sleeping in we did not leave until 9:45 for the journey north via M5 and M6, our only stop was at Southwaite at the back of 2 and returning via the Borders to drop off Alan, we arrived home at 5:00. 

Thanks go out to Kenny for his direction and coaching to gain our result and to Alan Fernie and Mark Bell for assisting the Band on Trombone for the contest. 

Band Update - July / August 2015

July / August 

As the Band was preparing for the test piece “Visions” for the National Championships, we decided that there would be no traditional summer break and that rehearsals would continue twice weekly till September. However the month began with the last of the Gala Day engagements at Seafield West Lothian on Saturday 4th. We appointed Kenny Letham as Musical Director at the beginning of August. 
Rehearsals continued throughout the month and fund raisers in the form of a Race Night at the miners’ on 14th and busking outside the Omni Centre on the 22nd. 

Band Update - June 2015

June 2015 

June is always a busy month for the Bands and this year was no exception. In addition to rehearsals we had Gala Days in the Lothians. Poltonhall, started the ball rolling on Sunday 7th, followed by Blackburn on Saturday 13th and Loanhead’s Carnival Parade on Friday 19th with the Gala Day on Saturday 27th. 

Band Update - April / May 2015

April / May 2015 

Following the Bands success in Perth at the Scottish Championships, we had a quiet couple of months returning to our usual twice weekly rehearsal pattern. In May we held our annual “Friends of the Bands” Concert at the Miners’ Club on Wednesday 22nd. As in recent years all our Bands performed a short concert programme of varied music coming together for a final joint item. This was also a sad night as we said goodbye to our Musical Director, Bobby Weir who has taken up a new work position in Milngavie. 

Band Update - March 2015

March 2015 

The month started with the final preparations for the Scottish Championships held on Saturday 14th in the Concert Hall Perth. This involved rehearsals on Monday and Thursday evenings. In the final week before the competition we also had practices on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. 

The day arrived and the Band was drawn 5th in Competition playing at around 6.30 p.m. The band played really well on the day and were awarded 2nd place. This also means we also got an invitation to play at the National Championships at Cheltenham in September. The hard part of this is we need to raise £6,000 to pay for the trip, so if anyone has good ideas for fundraising, please contact us. 

The rest of the month saw the band rehearsing on Mondays. 

Here is the 4 Bars Rest Review of the performance:


MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Bobby Weir) 

Bright opening with plenty of zest, not without the odd smattering of untidiness, but band sound is good, percussion are well organised (if not a tad heavy at times). 

Solid sounds coming from back row—well done ladies and gents! 
Sop and rep a tad heavy to pen 2nd movement, with some slight intonation issues appearing. Cornet chorale is well handled (and played by the right players—bravo again cornets.) 

3rd movement lacks movement, although instrumental lines are solid. Euphs have a great sound, more expression and air would really enhance. 

4th movement so well controlled by MD—nothing too much and perc is kept largely under-wraps. 

Nice choice of tempos, has a feeling of space—balanced chords to close! 

Star player: Back Row cornets 



Fourth Section Results: - Saturday 14th March 

Test Piece: 'An English Pastorale'- Dean Jones 

Adjudicators: Archie Hutchison & Mark Wilkinson 

1. Whitburn Heartlands (Robert Fraser) - 179* 
2. MacTaggart Scott (Bobby Weir) - 174* 
3. Buckhaven & Methil Miners (David Neil) - 173 
4. Penicuik Silver (Stuart Black) - 172 
5. Highland Brass (Mark Bell) - 171 
6. Dysart Colliery (Bruce Fraser) - 169 
7. Brass Sounds Inverclyde (Chris Mansfield) - 168 
8. Newland Concert (Paul McKelvie OBE) - 167 
9. Dundee Instrumental (Brian Sullivan) - 166 
10. Dunfermline Town (Andy Shaw) - 165 
11. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson) - 164 
12. Creetown Silver (Stuart McNab) - 162 
13. Bon Accord Silver 'B' (Jennifer Cook) - 161 
14. Stranraer Brass (Yvonne Williamson) - 160 
15. Forfar Instrumental (Terrence Jackson) - 159 
16. Hawick Saxhorn (Alan Fernie) - 158 

 

Band Update - January 2015

 

January 2015 

Senior Band
The new year sees a return to twice weekly rehearsals in preparation for the Scottish Contest, the test piece chosen for all 4th Section Bands in the competition is Dean Jones "An English Pastorale". A piece in four movements with a fanfare introduction "Heralding the Dawn" followed by scenes depicting "1. Autumn on the Plains, 2. Winter in the Dales, 3. Spring on the Lakes & 4. Summer on the Quays" 

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Junior Band 

The Junior Band too have returned after their Christmas Break to rehearsals on Wednesday evenings 

 

Band Update - December 2014

 

December 2014 

Junior Bands 

The band had a good year with a few players leaving us for pastures new. 

The youth band entered the Innerleithen contest and came away with a gold award, and 
2nd place. 

Results 

Novice Section 

Adjudicators Joe Cook & Paul Cosh 

Band - Conductor - Draw - Award Place 

Loanhead Brass Roots Andrew Pennycook 1 BRONZE 
St Ronan's Future band David Robb 2 GOLD 2nd 
James Young Cluster Band Barbara Poynter 3 SILVER 
Campbeltown Junior Brass Katrina Barr 4 GOLD - 1st 
Penicuik Youth Band Stuart Black 5 BRONZE 
St Davids Junior Band Emily Brown 6 SILVER 
Kirkintilloch Junior band Neil Robertson 7 SILVER 
Galashiels Youth Band Stuart Black 8 SILVER 

Then it was on to Perth for the annual Scottish Youth Championships where the Roots came away with a bronze award and the Youth received a silver award. 

Results 

Scottish Youth Band Championships - Bands Sunday 17th November start 9.30 a.m. 
Adjudicators - Nigel Boddice, Craig Anderson 
DEVELOPMENT SECTION 
Band - Conductor - Draw 
Kirkintilloch Youth band Neil Robertson 1 
Kinneil Youth Band Scott Gardner 2 
Perthshire Youth Brass Jason Blyth 3 
Argyll Brass Darren Tarn 4 
South Ayrshire Youth A band Scott Walker 5 
Helensburgh & Lomond Youth Sarah Grant 6 
Levern Valley Community Brass Brian Deans 7 
Loanhead Brass Youth Alan Fernie 8 
St.John's High School Gordon Evans MBE 9 
Hawick Schools Youth Rob Hume 10 
Peebles Junior Band Daniel Williamson 11 
Arbroath Instrumental Youth Ann Ness 12 
St.David's Youth Band John A Dickson 13 
Campbeltown Junior Brass Katrina Barr 14 
Scottish Youth Championships - Bands Sunday 24th November 
PREPARATORY SECTION start 9.30 a.m. 
Adjudicators Simone Rebello, Leigh Baker 
Band - Conductor - Draw 

Perth & Kinross Junior Band Elaine Stewart 1 
Gorbals Youth Band Lauren McCormick 2 
Newland Junior Band Sarah Findlay 3 
Coalburn Bronze Band Jayne Brownlee 4 
Riverside Youth Band Lynda Nicholson 5 
South Ayrshire Youth B band Sandy McAughtrie 6 
St.David's Budding Brass Sam Denton & Emily Brown 7 
Loanhead Brass Roots Andrew Pennycook 8 
Galashiels Junior Band Stuart Black 9 
Kirkintilloch Junior Band Andrew Foden 10 


At Christmas we had the usual round of concerts appearing at the Reid Memorial Church, Loanhead Library and Thornlea Nursing Home. We also went round carolling at the local 
garden centre's serenading the customers as they bought their christmas trees. If you are interested in joining us please get in touch we provide instruments so come along. 

 

 

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Senior Band 


December is always a busy month for the band, our first engagement was the lighting of Loanhead's Christmas Lights at Fountain Green on December 6th. 

The following weekend had band members playing at the Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Club on the Saturday Evening then the Carol Service at Loanhead Church on Sunday morning and the 9 lessons and carols at Rosslyn Chapel in the evening. 

 

Then there was the Newtongrange Carol Concert on the following Thursday with carols in Roslin at the weekend. 

The month was then rounded off playing outside Robin Henderson's house on Monday 22nd. 

 

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