Members of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow Reed Band are celebrating their 60th anniversary with the release of a CD.
Marching On will honour the band’s diamond anniversary and will be launched at the annual Christmas concert in St Michael’s Parish Church on Sunday, December 13 at 7pm.
Band president Jonathan Molloy said the members began working on the project two years ago and took their time deciding which songs to record.
He said: “The running order almost mirrors the way we play the pieces on Marches Day. So, early on, we feature The Moray Firth, which is always the opening march along the High Street at 7am, as well as Crimond, played in tribute to departed band members at 6.55am at the West Port.
“Then we work our way through the day with a variety of marches and static pieces and the CD ends with The Roke and then Auld Lang Syne, the traditional finale we play at the Cross at 6pm.”
They wanted the recording to feature music which the public would instantly associate with the Reed Band and would expect to hear on a recording. Many of the pieces are particularly linked with the Marches Day.
Other numbers include Rose of Kelvingrove, which highlights the talents of the Town Piper, Ross Miller, and Alte Kameraden, which is a tribute to the band’s close twinning links with Germany, first established in 1981.
The CD is the band’s first recording in over 25 years and more than 70 talented musicians are credited with making it such a success.
The musicians had four recording sessions in the Linlithgow Academy hall, under the direction of sound engineer, Andy Box, whose wife Lesley is one of the saxophonists.
Jonathan Molloy credits the expertise of Andy with making the recording so good and said the process was a positive experience for everyone.
He said: “It really highlighted what you need to do to put on a good performance.”
The band will be making several appearances in the run up to Christmas, including playing carols in the local supermarkets on Sunday, December 20 and Thursday, December 24.
They will also lead the torchlight procession through Linlithgow to switch on the Christmas tree lights on Saturday, November 28.
After the official launch, copies of the CD will be available from band members and at Wilson’s Newsagents at the Cross.