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
|National Brass Band Championship
|National Mineworkers Championship
|Borders Entertainment Contest
||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.