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David Lightbody

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 Dominum


David Sutherland

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 Laidlaw

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 cornet section.

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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 together!)   Other interests – golf + tennis


John Mabon

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.




Evelyn Oliver

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.


Neil Ball

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