Bill Shaw Slow Melody Contest Results

Sunday the 10th of April saw one of the most mixed days for the Lochgelly Band. It was the third staging of the Bill Shaw Memorial Slow Melody Contest and the joy and excitement the band have in staging this event is also tinged with sadness as we mark yet another year without our friend Bill.

The contest was held in the 385 Social Club in Lochgelly and attracted a field of 21 entrants in the Open Section and 6 in the under 17ís. There were 9 bands represented stretching from St Ronans in the Borders to Granite City in the North East. As well as the increase in the number of competitors there was also an increase in the standard of playing.

Adjudicator on the day, Raymond Tennant, commented that in both the juniors and open section he had had a very pleasant day and enjoyed all the performances. Mr Tennant continued that the senior section had been particularly good, especially the top 6 performances. The winning performance he said was an easy choice, the 2nd Ė 6th placings however had been somewhat harder, in fact the dread half point had to be used as there were only 2 points covering the 5 players.

The positions were as follows:-

1st Graham Fraser Whitburn Eb Bass Bill Shaw Memorial Trophy + £50
2nd Suzanne Smillie Clackmannan Cornet  
3rd Stewart Macaulay Clackmannan Cornet  
4th Carol Sandel Kingdom Brass Baritone  
5th Craig Heriot Kingdom Brass Baritone  
6th Jim Chamberlain Whitburn Flugel  

UNDER 17ís
1st Murray McFarlane Dunfermline Town Cornet Bill Shaw Solo Trophy + £25
2nd Ross Brotherston St Ronans Cornet  
3rd Scott Findlater South Queensferry Cornet  

Billís long-term friend, Pauline Robertson, awarded the prizes at the end of the contest.

The day was rounded off by band Chairman, Iain McAlpine, who gave a warm vote of thanks to adjudicator Raymond Tennant, Susan Gourmley who very ably accompanied the contestants on the day, Brian Anderson for supplying the piano used on the contest day and finally the committee of the Lochgelly Band for organising the event. Iain also thanked the competitors who had made the day possible and hoped everyone would return next year.

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