Following on from their great result at the Scottish Championships the band once again entered the contest arena, this time at the Fife Brass Band Festival held in Carnegie Hall Dunfermline. Paul Drury once again directed the band to a podium finish as we were placed second behind Clackmannan District Brass. With a good turnout of bands from the 1st Section this was a further chance to gauge our progress against bands of a similar standard. The band received good comments on their performance from several commentators, all of whom were impressed, and surprised, by the standard of the bands playing. The progress the band has shown over the last few months has started to get noticed beyond the borders of Fife. Paul Drury further enhanced his own reputation as a conductor who gets the best out of his players.

The band opened their programme with a new arrangement by Sandy Smith of "The Mask of Zorro". This exciting opener was a popular choice among bands with at least two other bands choosing the same piece. The remaining three pieces in the bands programme also showcased Paul Drurys talent as a composer and arranger as they all came from his pen. The first of this trio was the wonderful cornet solo "Here's To The Heroes" which some may recognise as one of the themes from the movie Dances With Wolves. Originally penned for the Sellers International Band, and premiered at their 2006 Brass in Concert performance, this solo won the best soloist prize for Iain Culross at that contest. The bands principal cornet player Stuart Hepburn gave a great performance of this piece with an equally impressive accompaniment from the band too. The band then upped the tempo once more with Pauls arrangement of "There's A Coach Coming In" from the musical Paint Your Wagon. Very much the crowd pleasing choice this great little arrangement of the popular tune went down well with audience and adjudicator alike. Although deceptively simple, it requires a lot of concentration to "keep the heid" and maintain dynamic and tempo control. The band finished their programme with "Bound For The Promised Land". This piece is very much in the style of Pines of Rome and requires a great deal of stamina to perform well after a demanding programme. The band rose to the challenge and provided a stunning performance to round off what had been another great choice of programme from Paul Drury.

All in all another great contest performance from the band and one which affirms our position in the great brass band pecking order. Both band and conductor are pleased with the result and will continue to build on this for the future.

The results of the Fife Brass Band Festival 2008

1st Section

Venue:Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
Date:19th April 2008
Adjudicator(s):Stan Lippeat





1. Clackmannan District Paul Kiernan
2. Lochgelly Paul Drury
3. Barrhead Burgh Martyn Ramsay
4. Arbroath Instrumental Michael Robertson
5. Broxburn & Livingston Anthony Holland
6. St. Ronan's Silver Alex Knox

Best Instrumentalist - Solo Cornet, Barrhead


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