Lochgelly Band nominated for lower section band of the year

The bands success this year has not gone unnoticed by the influential (and best) brass band website 4barsrest.com. The Lochgelly band have been nominated in the "Lower Section Band of the Year" category in the second annual 4barsrest.com end of year awards. We at Lochgellyband.co.uk are genuinely surprised by this nomination but would like to thank 4barsrest.com for remembering us; how could they forget us after Torquay. So come on everybody get along there and vote for Lochgelly.

Lochgelly Band started the year in the fourth section with a new MD, Gavin Lindsay, and a new bandmaster, Brian Paterson. After seeing the Scottish Championship test piece we knew we could do well with it and Gavin felt the same way. So it proved with a resounding win at the Scottish Championship contest in Motherwell in March. The band followed this up in April with second place in their section in the Carnegie Invitational contest at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline. Another section win in May at the West of Scotland Championships in Clydebank continued the successful run leading into our summer break. The next contest on the agenda was the big one, the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain held in the Riviera Centre Torquay in September. Although many independent observers rated our performance, unfortunately the adjudicators didn't and the band finished in eighth place. However as MD Gavin Lindsay put it we were eighth from a field of 22 of the best fourth section bands in the country so we shouldn't be disheartened. And so on to the annual jolly to Blackpool in November for the National Mineworkers Championship. With only two weeks of proper rehearsal prior to the contest MD Gavin Lindsay and bandmaster Brian Paterson managed to produce another first place finish for the band in our last contest as a fourth section band. The bands last contest of the year saw us making the trip to Jedburgh to compete in the Borders Entertainment Contest, our first contest back in the third section. Under the baton of bandmaster Brian Paterson the band won the third section and finished second overall, edging out two second section bands in the process.

From this writers perspective it has been a great year and asked if I would give it all up to have won in Torquay the answer has to be no. Every contest we have played in has been a great experience. I feel that this year the band has really come together and worked hard for its' success. There is a definite feeling of confidence growing in the band and we look forward to the new year and the challenges that it will bring. Thanks to everyone in the band for contributing to this years success.

Lochgelly Band results, 4th section, 2002

Scottish Championships Motherwell March 1st
Carnegie Invitational Dunfermline April 2nd
WSBBA contest Clydebank May 1st
National Brass Band Championship Torquay September 8th
National Mineworkers Championship Blackpool November 1st
Borders Entertainment Contest Jedburgh November 1st in section / 2nd overall

The Lochgelly Band can be heard at the annual Christmas carol service in St Andrews Church, Lochgelly on the 15th of December.
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