Coffee Morning 28/4/18

Coffee Morning

The Band is holding a Coffee Morning to help towards the cost of taking part in the Senior Cup Contest in May.

£1 entry fee to the Dean Function Suite – Teas, Coffees and biscuits are provided (voluntary donation), and there will be also be live music and stalls.

Tickets available from Band members, or at the


Concert Dalkeith 13/04/18


Festmusik der Stadt Wien  Richard Strauss/ arr Eric Banks

Wild Mountain Time:  Soloist Angus Edmond  Trad/arr Leigh Baker

Diadem of Gold  G Bailey/arr Frank Wright
Gethsemane:  Soloist Gordon Jenkins  Andrew Lloyd-Webber/arr Ray Farr

Stars and Stripes Forever  J P Sousa
Over the Rainbow:  Soloist Alison Campbell  Harold Arlen/arr Goff Richards
Shine as the Light  Peter Graham


Enter the Galaxies  Paul Lovatt-Cooper
Lament for the Rev. Archie Beaton:  Soloist Aaron Barnes  Mason/arr Frode Rydland
Nativity from ‘…Dove Descending’  Philip Wilby
Light-walk  Barrie Gott

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone  John Williams/arr Steve Sykes
Lux Aurumque  Eric Whitacre/arr Alan Fernie
March from ‘The Pines of Rome’  Ottorino Respighi/arr Ray Farr


Toccata in D Minor J S Bach/arr Ray Farr

With thanks to Dorothy Murray for the recordings

Cornet Player Wanted

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Cornet Player Wanted

Following a successful result on our return to the Championship Section, Newtongrange Silver Band invites applications for a Bb cornet player (position negotiable) due to player relocation.

The Band, led by Musical Director Andrew Duncan, comprises a team of committed, hard working individuals with an interest in continual improvement.

The successful applicant would ideally join the Band in its preparations for the Spring Festival Senior Cup contest in May.

For all enquiries, and to express interest, email

Adjudicators Remarks

Remarks Scottish Championships 11/03/2018


Adjudicator Paul Holland

Bass drum definitely gets us off to a strong start. 12, 14, 15 not completely under control. Stylistically unsure through 28, 29 – some play long quavers, others detached.

Not always together going into Piu Mosso. Meno Mosso, almost comes off, just the smallest of scratches.  73 is a bit aggressive, things settle and 84 has the right feel about it.  Vivace – percussion not at the same tempo to begin.  This is all quite lovely.  Careful percussion not to overdo the band tutti ff’s Eb Bass has a minor pitching error.  Bass drum too “enthusiastic” at times – it gets in the way.  181 shows fine style.  190 is well shaped.  Giojoso bounces nicely.  Lots of admirable technical playing on show.

Adagio – very tasteful basses, you support the excellent cornet solo.  Troms fit right in too.  I like the space from the Euph.  Horn cup mutes work.  Early cornet – as you know.

Excellent tempo at Presto – it has plenty of character.  Nice dynamic adjustments up to 3/2.  304 snare is too heavy for the band but some detailed playing nevertheless.  A slightly underwhelming final few bars – although he last chord is enormous!!

Overall some enjoyable moments without question.  My concerns rest around balance and style, you all know about the individual errors.

Thank you.


Adjudicator Michael Ball

The brooding mood of the opening was well created with a sense of shape to the each component and Section, good unanimity of intent across the band with a good range of tone + sense of colour if a little individual inconsistency.  A good accel to a well judged + decisive Allergando.  Vivace at 94 moving forward purposefully with taut ensemble.  (Good Eb Bass at 119 ).  The excitement and drama were maintained into the Alla gigue as the rhythms continued to dance and the technical challenges were mostly well met.

Only a little tightness in the cornet solo at 232 in the final top C.  Good trombone at 242 with flexibly shaped different Section ensembles thereafter – nice spacious handling.  Pity about mistimed cornet entry.

A nice breadth to the phrasing of the lyrical phrases as the piece moved forward into the drama of the closing paragraphs with a well-rounded final Largo and Allargando. (Perc – final 2 bars surely gong, not susp. Cym?) Sometimes dynamics were a little over-enthusiastic but there was plenty of musical engagement on display in this committed performance.


2018 Scottish Championships


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In 2017 the Band came first in the First Section and won promotion to the Championship Section.

Yesterday we continued our upwards climb and were placed a very credible 6th place in the Championship Section Contest.

Thanks go to our conductors Craig Burns and Warren Lindsay, and of course to our Musical Director Andrew Duncan who worked us hard, culminating in yesterday’s musical performance. We are looking forward to more hard work and more progress together, starting with the Spring Festival in Blackpool in early May.

Also a huge congratulations to Whitburn, who managed to retain the title from a number 1 draw, and to Co-op Funeralcare and Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass for their second and third places respectively.

Congratulations should also be extended to the winners of the other sections in action over the weekend, namely:

1st Section:-   Johnstone Band
2nd Section:-  Campbeltown Brass
3rd Section:-  Newmains and District
4th Section:-  Highland Brass

We wish you every success at the National Finals later in the year.

The full Championship Section results are as follows:

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New Conductor for Blackpool

The band is very happy to announce that Craig Burns will be leading us to Blackpool and the Senior Cup on the test piece, Diadem of Gold.

Craig, who has been taking a number of rehearsals with the band recently, has kindly agreed to step into the shoes of current Musical Director Andy Duncan, who unfortunately is unavailable due to a recording commitment with the BBC.

Craig, who is  currently Director of Music with the Highland Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland (TA), brings with him a wealth of experience from his time as a Bandmaster and Director of Music with the Royal Marines.

We wish Craig well, and look forward to working with him in the run up to Blackpool!