Lochgelly Successful at Land O'Burns

The band went to the seaside at the weekend (27th August) for the Land O’Burns contest. This is not a contest at which the band have been frequent visitors, but in our build up for the National Finals it was a good idea to get some stage time in. So off we went to Troon with high hopes of getting a result.

Between them MD James Chamberlain and Conductor Brian Paterson had chosen a demanding program. The band opened with the brilliant “Olympic Fanfare”. This number had originally been penned by John Williams for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul. This was followed up by Peter Grahams arrangement of “Hine e Hine” which featured our flugelhorn player Karen Brow. Our next number was the fast paced Sandy Smith arrangement of “Stingray” from the television series of the same name. The band slowed the tempo down again with our next number which was a lovely arrangement of the traditional tune “Shenandoah”. Our final number was “Dance of the Tumblers” which the bass section affectionately referred to as “Dance of the Fumblers”; not on this occasion however. The whole program was well prepared and executed on stage and found favour with adjudicator John Maines. In his final results he placed the band seventh overall, with only Championship section bands above us. Not only had we won the second section we had also taken the scalp of 1st section band Johnstone Silver.

All in all it was a relatively successful trip to the seaside and the band look forward to doing it all again next year in the 1st section. Thanks to the Dalmellington Band for the fantastic organisation of the contest which added to the enjoyment of the day for many bands.
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