LOCHGELLY HIT FOR SIX
The Lochgelly band announce a sextet of new signings as the band strengthen ahead of the forthcoming Scottish Championships.
Emma Nicol joins the band on Soprano Cornet from Bon Accord. Emmas work commitments mean that she has had to relocate from Aberdeen to Edinburgh and can no longer regularly play for her beloved Bon Accord. She is however, assured a very warm welcome in Lochgelly as she takes up the "hot seat".
New signing Sharon Midwinter has also joined the band and will be taking up the repiano cornet seat recently vacated by Murray McFarlane. Sharon has never before played for a contesting brass band but has great experience having played solo cornet in the Edinburgh Gorgie Salvation Army band for many years.
Filling the vacant solo horn seat is Helen Webster, formerly of Kingdom Brass. This is the third time Helen has been a member of Lochgelly but her first time on her favoured horn seat. Her previous two stints were on solo cornet. Most recently Helen has been a part of the successful Kingdom quartet that won the Fife Championships and finished second in the Scottish Championships.
Ian Harkness makes a welcome return to the band on first baritone from Dunfermline Town. Ian was last in the band in 2004 and took part in the successive 4th and 3rd section Scottish Championship victories. Since then he has played with Selkirk and Dunfermline Town and made further appearances at the National Finals with both bands.
Also joining the band from Kingdom Brass is Jim Kelly on Eb Bass. Jim brings with him great experience, having played at the top level for many years. Jim was part of the Kingdom band that won the senior trophy in 2006. Jim will be joining John Martin, Neil McCormack and Bruce Gilmour in the bass section, effectively lowering the average weight of the section by almost 4 stone. Well done Jim.
Completing the jigsaw is Vicky McCormack who joins the bands percussion section. Vicky is another player making her first appearance for a brass band. She is looking forward to the Scottish Championships as she continues to develop her percussion skills. Her father is the bands principal Bb Bass player so he will have to be on his best behaviour from now on.
The band has also seen a bit of a reshuffle as MD Paul Drury attempts to find that elusive combination to bring success in Glenrothes. Former soprano cornet player Rab Nicol returns to the back row after one of the longest depping roles in history. Rab initially offered to help out on soprano cornet before the 2000 Scottish Championships and has been helping out on soprano for the last decade. Long term first baritone player Stella McCormack has decided to take up the challenge of a new role on first horn. Completing the new look horn section is Louise Gilmour, swapping places with Arlene Robertson, who makes a return to the back row cornets.
Band spokesperson John Martin stated "The band have gone through probably their biggest rebuilding job in the last twenty years. It has certainly been a hectic few weeks leading up to the transfer deadline. We now feel we have probably our strongest team going into a Scottish Championship for a good few years. We wish all of these players well in their new roles".