The Bill Shaw Memorial Slow Melody Contest
For over 40 years Bill Shaw was a member of Lochgelly Band. Although he only
ever registered for Lochgelly, Bill played and conducted as a guest for many
bands. Bill also was committed to the brass band movement and over the years
was involved and worked with various organisations especially FCBA and SBBA.
This involvement made him a well known face around the local, national and
even international events.
Bill always felt that solo contests were heavily biased towards very technically
competent players, playing difficult pieces and did not accommodate players who
played simpler pieces with feeling. He always said he would like to run a solo
contest for slow melody pieces only. In accordance with this wish the Bill Shaw
Memorial Slow Melody Contest was inaugurated in 2003 with the first contest being
held on March 30th of that year. The contest is held in two sections; a junior
section for players aged under 17 on the day of the contest, and an open section
for all players. The winner of the open event is awarded the Bill Shaw Memorial
Trophy, donated by Mr & Mrs Hershaw. The winner of the junior event is awarded
the Bill Shaw Solo Trophy, donated by Pauline Robertson.