Great Performance At Carnegie

The Lochgelly band made their annual visit to the Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline for the Fife Brass Band Festival last weekend (25th April). Up against five other 1st section bands the band did remarkably well off the number one draw to finish in a creditable second place just behind section winners Newtongrange Silver.

With only 15 minutes allowed for the programme, Musical Director Paul Drury managed to cram in an amazing five pieces. The band opened their programme with the march "The Contestor". This was followed up by an impressive solo performance from euphonium player George Cameron playing Adrian Drovers arrangement of "The Wee Cooper O Fife". The band then got a chance to show their quieter side with a lovely performance of the "Prelude From The 49th Parallel" by R. Vaughan Williams. Upping the tempo once more the band gave probably the quickest ever performance of Paul Drurys own arrangement of "Save The Last Dance For Me", a real crowd favourite this one. To finish the programme Paul had chosen the ambitious "Excerpts From The Little Russian". Several cuts had to be made to the arrangement to fit it in the timescale allowed but none of the musical interpretation was lost and it was a fine performance all round. A great end to a great programme.

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