The fifth Bill Shaw Memorial Slow Melody Contest took place at the 385 Club in Lochgelly at the weekend (29th April). As in previous years the contest consisted of a junior section and an open contest. The adjudicator this year was the respected composer and conductor Bruce Fraser, a former conductor of the Lochgelly band. Accompanying the soloists this year was Susan Gormley.

Junior Contest
In the junior contest it was a clean sweep for Dunfermline Town with their players taking the top three positions. Horn player Rachel Neil lifted the trophy at her first attempt. Just behind Rachel was former winner Murray McFarlane and in third place former Lochgelly player Michael Abbot. The future looks bright for Dunfermline Town if the standard of these yougsters is anything to go by. Indeed the standard of all these young players was quite high and we hope, with the ongoing initiatives instigated by the SBBA, that these standards will continue to improve.

Place Name Instrument Band
1.Rachel NeilHornDunfermline Town
2.Murray McFarlaneCornetDunfermline Town
3.Michael AbbotBaritoneDunfermline Town

Merit Awards
Ashleigh Smillie (Dalmellington)
Susannah Downs (West Lothian Schools)
Lewis Mitchell (Croy)
Tom Wallis (Croy)

Open Contest
The Open contest honours went to Craig Herriot of Kingdom Brass. Its been a good year so far for Craig as he added this title to the Fife Solo Championship he won back in January. Kingdom Brass also claimed the second place with Alison Hall putting up a great fight in defence of the trophy she won last year. Behind the top two was Lauren Robb of Unison Kinneil who earned many plaudits for her fine performance. Following the top three were a clutch of Lochgelly players with Eb Bass player Bill Guyan doing enough to lift the new prize for highest placed Lochgelly player.

Place Name Instrument Band
1. Craig HerriotEuphoniumKingdom Brass
2.Alison HallHornKingdom Brass
3.Lauren RobbCornetUnison Kinneil
4.Bill GuyanEb BassLochgelly
5.Stewart HepburnCornetLochgelly
6.Davy BennisonBaritoneLochgelly

Merit Awards
Michael Abbott (Dunfermline Town)
Murray McFarlane (Dunfermline Town)
Margaret Guyan (Clydebank Burgh)
Tommy Harrower (Kingdom Brass)

The band would like to express its gratitude to everyone who helped make this years contest a success. Bill would have been pleased to see the progress the contest has made since its inception five years ago. Our congratulations go to this years winners and our thanks to all the competitors for continuing to support the contest.

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