The 1st section Scottish Champions Lochgelly Band continued their recent good form with a convincing second place finish at the Fife Brass Band Festival.

The band were in fine form on Saturday 24th April at the local Fife Brass Band festival contest held in Carnegie Hall. Although there were only three bands competing in the 1st section both of the other two contenders were bands with recent Championship section experience.

The band opened their fifteen minute programme with the march "The Contestor", played at a fast temo and in a robust style that found favour with adjudicator Archie Hutchison. The band followed this up with the xylophone solo "Helter Skelter". This was played terrifically well by Greta Hoggan, a performance which won her the best instrumentalist prize for the section. Changing mood for a bit, the band then delivered a very good performance of Eric Balls arrangement of "Priere a Notre-Dame" from Suite Gothique. For their finale the band chose "Cossack Wedding Dance" from Peter Grahams Call of the Cossacks. A fast and exciting number, the band managed to play this faster on stage than we had in rehearsal but crucially, without losing control. The bands programme and the style in which it had been delivered certainly found favour with the adjudicator.

In the event the band finished in 2nd place just one point behind Johnstone Silver. It seems that there was very little to choose betweeen the two bands with the decision being based upon choice of programme more than any other factor. Thats banding though; some you win, some you lose. We congratulate Johnstone on their victory and look forward to our next contest appearance later in the year.



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