THE jetsetting Reed Band is hitting the runway next week and heading off to Germany.
Band members leave next Thursday for a 10-day visit to West Lothian’s twin district of Hochsauerlandkreis. It is the fifth visit by the local musicians to the region of North-Rhine-Westphalia, known locally as the land of the thousand hills. The first visit took place in the summer of 1981, as part of the band’s 25th anniversary celebrations and subsequent visits were undertaken in 1985 and 1989, with a short Easter tri in 2008.
Over the past 30 years, the Reed Band has developed close links with several musical groups in Hochsauerlandkreis. Their base will be in the village of Herdringen, where they will be teaming up with the local band for a joint concert and social evening. A combined event is also planned with musicians in nearby Vosswinkel, whom the Reed Band welcomed to Linlithgow in 1989, 1992 and 1997.
Murdoch Kennedy of the Reed Band said: “A 55-strong party of musicians, families and friends will undertake a busy programme, including a boat trip on the Sorpesee Lake, a visit to the world-famous Veltins brewery and excursions to the Borussia Dortmund football stadium and Fort Fun amusement park. Marching engagements will include appearing at three local Schützenfests, which are like a three-day Marches!”
The youngest musician making the trip will be cornet player, Peter Molloy (9) a member of the LRB Training Band and the oldest will be founding member and saxophonist, Eddie McKenna (80).
Linlithgow Reed Band has done a great deal since 1981 to promote friendship between Scotland and Germany, and this week members were presented with 100 Scotland/Germany friendship badges by officials of the Linlithgow Folk Festival Association to show their appreciation.