Bo’ness and Carriden band joins top flight

Boness and Carriden Brass Band is heading south in September
Boness and Carriden Brass Band is heading south in September
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Bo’ness and Carriden Brass Band were not too disappointed to be pipped at the post at this month’s Scottish Championships.

The band came second to Tullis Russell Mills at Perth Concert Hall on March 14, but the good news is they have made it into the Championship Section – the Premier League of music competitions - and have qualified to compete at the National Championships in Cheltenham in September.

Band secretary David Lapsley said: “We came second to the last band up at the Scottish Championship and lost by a single point, but it means we are back in the Championship Section and, along with Kinneil, one of the top ten bands in the UK, which is an achievement in itself.”

There was individual success for cornet player Hugh Foster, who was named the best instrumentalist at the Perth competition.

Bo’ness and Carriden Brass Band will be heading to Blackpool in May for the Spring Festival competition and will then begin preparations for the National Championships and hope to go one better than their finish in Perth.

David said: “The last time we went to the National Championship was five years ago in Harrogate and we got a fourth place. The rehearsal schedule does increase for the National Championships and it means a lot of hard work for the band.

“But it’s great for a small place like Bo’ness to have two bands in the Championship Section.”

The band has a long and proud history and has the distinction of being one of Scotland’s longest established brass bands, having been founded in 1858 as the Grange Instrumental Band by miners from the Grange Colliery.