Queensferry Community Band’s annual spring concert this year will have special significance when it is staged in Queensferry High School
on Friday, May 29.
For it will be 40 years almost to the date when the band first started off as Queensferry High School Band away back in the Spring of 1975 by the then head of music, John Gilmour.
The school band played a significant part not only in the life of the school but in the local community.
Their first ever engagement was at Kirkliston Primary school’s summer fete in June 1975 and during the 1980’s, the success of the band resulted in two over- seas tours to Norway and Germany.
Into the 1990’s, a very supportive committee of parents met and suggested the progressive step of forming a youth band for pupils leaving school to continue their brass band experience.
Thanks to lottery funding for new instruments, the youth band went on to win the Scottish Brass Band Association Youth Championships on two occasions, 1997 and 1999.
On John Gilmour’s retiral from the school in 2004, the band registered with the Scottish Brass Band Association as an adult band and changed its name to the Queensferry Community Brass band, recruiting players from various areas.
Dalmeny Church hall became the meeting place and the next successful stage of development was the introduction of the school’s brass instructor, James Anderson, as musical director.
The present band still enjoys supporting local civic events such as the Ferry Fair as well as contesting activities and presenting concerts outwith the area.
The band is now looking forward to performing in the school once again with John Gilmour still actively involved as band secretary and, indeed, playing cornet in the band at the moment.
John said: ‘‘It would be great to have former pupils who have played in the band over the 40 years present at the concert.
‘‘If they all turned up, it is doubtful if the school hall would be big enough.’’
Tickets for the concert at 7.30pm are available for a £5 donation from band members or 01506 824109 or at the door.