David has been a member of
JIB since 1988 and has progressed his way through the ranks to find his niche
on soprano. David, a keen soloist, has won many prizes including two Brass in
the Park senior soloist awards and also Best Instrumentalist at the Carnegie
Open Contest. His hobbies include Bowling and Rugby and he enjoys the odd Whisky or glass of wine. Favourite band pieces include Live and Let Die, Flowerdale, On with the Motley, Glorifico Aeternum and Variations on Laudate
David joined the band in
2001 after a long spell out of banding. He learned his trade at St Boswells
Concert Band from the age of 8, and after joining JIB he was soon elevated
to the Principal seat. Two times winner of the Borders Slow Melody
Championship as well as best instrumentalist at the 2015 Scottish Championships, David's main banding ambition is to help JIB stay in the 1st
Section. Hobbies include Munro Bagging, which he has now completed, and the odd pint of Theakstons.
Eric originally began his playing days at Langholm Town
and now plies his trade at JIB. A brief spell at Turriff silver saw him awarded
best instrumentalist at the 2005 Scottish Championships. Having a wonderful
tone and enviable technique, Eric is a valuable member of Jedforest’s maturing
John Started playing in 1959 with Galashiels Town, then
Broxburn and moved to conducting in 1978. He
Graduated in 1974 from Edinburgh University with a degree in Music
and Religious Studies (honest!). He
Spent most of his teaching career as Head of
Music in Kelso High School before moving to Duns in 2006 as Head of Expressive
Arts. Now retired from class teaching but remains Chief Examiner in Music for
Scottish Qualifications Authority. In his spare time john enjoys distance running, pasta dishes and a Gin & Tonic (at Christmas Time). His Finest moment in banding was playing 'Buglers's Holiday' with James shepherd and being part of the JIB Revival.
Fiona Melrose Fiona started at Gala Academy in the school band and
played solely with them until going to college in Edinburgh and joining City of
Edinburgh, staying with them for 6/7 years. She moved to play with Broxburn Band in about 1979/80 and remained with
them until moving to East Lothian in 1993 Banding took a back seat for several years, keeping her lip in
playing with a non-contesting band in East Lothian until 2003 when she returned to
live in the Borders and joined St Boswells because it was Jim Main, who took the
Gala Academy Band, who was the conductor at the time.
Favourite pieces depend on whether shes listening to
them or having to play them !
Favourite food + drink – Beef stifado (Greek) + whisky (not
Other interests – golf +
Evelyn came back o banding after a spell out due to work and family comitments, A stalwart of the back row Evelyn, has been a valued and committed member of the jib since 2004. Now retired, she was the Deputy Head at Kelso High School and also taught french.