The JIB has just been announced the Scottish Brass Band Association's 3rd Section band of the year for 2012.
The annual award is given to the band who have been the most consistant over the contesting year and with the JIB winning the Scottish Championships and claiming a fantastic 5th place at the National Championships of Great Britain, these results help us on our way to taking the top spot from runners up Selkirk Silver..
The bands President, John Mabon added,
"This award is a recognition of the dedication throughout the year of the bandmembers and the diligent approach adopted by the band's conductorsworking with professional musical director Phil Rosier."
The Band will now be promoted back to the 2nd Section from Jan 1st 2013 and will soon be in preparations for the forth coming Scottish Championships in March
The JIB's annual Christmas Concert will this year be held on Sat 22nd Dec at 7.30pm in the Jedburgh Town Hall.
As always the Band will be supported by the Abbey Brass.
Conducted by MD Phil Rosier the concert will be full of christmas cheer and the spirit will be provided by our fully licenced bar complete will table service.
Tickets are priced at £5/£4 and are available from 'From me to you' on the high street, Band members or click Contact to book online.
Come along for a footstamping Christmas cheese fest.
Doors open 7pm
The JIB and Abbey Brass will be out in force over the festive period doing some much needed fundraising. You can find us in the Jedbrugh Co-op on Sat 15th Dec where we will be playing Christmas Carols and packing bags.
We will also be in the Foyer of Sainsburys in Kelso on Sun 23rd as well as being out and about in Jedburgh over the coming few weeks.
Listen Out and give us a shout.
On Sat 3rd of Nov the JIB travelled the short distance to Selkirk to take part in this years Borders Entertainment Contest.
The band had entered this contest in great spirits having been unbeaten in Scotland in the 3rd Section for over a year and by playing their own choice of entertaining music the band felt they could put in another big performance.
Unfortuntatly, this year the band could not make it a hat trick of titles and were piped to the post by a fine performance by host band Selkirk Silver finishing 2nd in the 3rd Section and 9th overall.
For this years challenge the band opened their programme with a fabulous arrangement by L Baker of Lional Riches classic hit 'All Night Long' following that up with the fantastic Soprano Cornet solo 'Flowerdale' played by the bands Sop player David Lightbody. The very desciptive 'Bees a Buzzin' by Edrich Seibert went down well with the audience and the band finished their program by playing the classic queen track 'innuendo' arr by Meechan.
Although the judges enjoyed the performance they felt it was perhaps a little untidy and that a few tunning issues spoiled the overal picture.
To hear the whole performance along with adudicator Paul Drurys comments click here http://snd.sc/YPbpRN
First Prize: The Scottish Borders Trophy & £150 : Coalburn Entertainment Prize: The Queen's Head Inn Shield & £150: Durham Miners
Best Second Section Band: The Souter Ronnie Trophy & £100 : Coalburn Best Third Section Band: The John A. Wilson Memorial Trophy & £100 : Selkirk Best Fourth Section Band: The Harry Pearce Memorial Trophy & £100 : Tullis Intermediate Highest placed Borders Band: St Ronan's Bicentenary Trophy : Selkirk Best Soloist: The Walter Nichol Memorial Trophy & Medal : Soprano, Kilmarnock Best Instrumentalist : The Jedforest Instrumental Band 150th Anniversary Trophy & Medal : Flugel, Coalburn Best Solo Cornet : The Dave Young Trophy & Medal: Kilmarnock Best Basses : The Bert Neil Memorial Quaich : Tullis Russell Mills Best Percussion : The Jenny Corbett Memorial Cup: Coalburn
PD -Paul Drury - GE Gordan Evans - Music Adjudicators - Open Adjudication Position - Total - P D - G E - Band Conductor - Section - Draw
1 - 3 1 2 Coalburn Gareth Bowman 2 5 2 - 4 3 1 Kilmarnock Raymond Tennant 2 6 3 - 6 2 4 Tullis Martyn Ramsay 2 22 4 - 7 4 3 Durham Miners Neil Davies 2 12 5 - 13 8 5 Shotts Paul McKelvie 2 15 6 - 15 7 8 Selkirk Alan Fernie 3 11 7 - 15 5 10 Irvine John Boax 2 18 8 - 17 6 11 Annan David Shanks 2 8 9 - 18 9 9 Jedburgh Philip Rosier 3 20 10 - 21 15 6 Langholm Alan Fernie 3 7 11 - 23 16 7 Tullis Intermediate Steven Craig 4 16 12 - 24 12 12 St Davids John Dickson 2 17 13- 26 11 15 St Ronans David Robb 2 9 14 - 28 14 14 Peebles Stephen Baird 3 2 15- 29 10 19 Rushen John Kinley 4 21 16- 30 13 17 Buckhaven David Neil 3 19 17 - 31 18 13 Jayess Newbiggin' Andrew Griffiths 4 14 18 - 33 17 16 Dumfries Peter Heyes 3 10 19 - 37 19 18 Hawick Alan Fernie 4 4 20 - 40 20 20 Queensferry James Anderson 4 13 21 - 42 21 21 Penicuik Stuart Black 4 3
The JIb held its Agm on Monday 18th Oct in the Band Hall.
The Band was informed that current president George Burt and Secretary Nicola Currie wished to step down from these posts. The meeting thanked them for all there hard work over the last year(s) and wished them well. Both have accepted other roles within the band with George moving to treasurer and Nicola looking after Abbey Brass.
The vacant President role was accepted by long term band member John Mabon whilst the Secretaries duties were taken up 2nd Horn player Adrienne Smith.
On the general committee, Hamish Mcritchie stood down and his seat was taken by Fiona Neary. All other roles were as the status quo.
President - John Mabon
Vice President - George Millar
Secretary - Adrienne Smith (Uniforms)
Treasurer - George Burt
Librarian - David Sutherland
Press/Website - David Lightbody
Randy Hudson - Instruments
Junior Band Manager
The 12th annual Borders Entertainment Contest will make its third
visit to Selkirk on Saturday 3rd November, when the JIB will be amongst a record 22 competitors
that will battle it out for the Scottish Borders Trophy.
The Scottish Borders Brass Band Association (SBBBA) is organising the
exciting event, which will be held in the town’s Victoria Hall, with the
first band taking to the stage at 9.15am and with the final performance
As well as the JIB, other local Border bands such as Hawick, Langholm, Peebles,
Selkirk and St. Ronan’s will battle against rivals from both sides of
Hadrian’s Wall, and from across the short stretch of Irish Sea, with
each competitor giving a 15 minute concert programme to try and tickle
the fancy of judges, Paul Drury and Gordon Evans.
Association Chairman Alan Fernie added: "We are delighted with the
fantastic entry of 22 bands from all over Scotland, the North East of
England and even the Isle of Man. The contest promises to be a great
day's entertainment in a first class hall and will bring many visitors
to the region."
The contest is confined to Second, Third and Fourth Section bands with a host of ensemble and individual prizes up for grabs.
All this and it only costs £3.50 (£2.50 concessions) to go along and enjoy a full day of brass band entertainment.
The JIB took a fantastic 5th place at the National Brass Band
Championships of Great Britain held over the weekend of 22-23 september
in the Centaur hall in Cheltenham Racecourse.
A Superb result for the band (the highest placing of any Scottish Band at this Years Championships.) and certainly the best result in the bands 158 years.
To top it all, our star flugel player, Stuart Black, walked away with the best Instrumentalist award for a stunning performance of Richard Huw Coles ''Three Ancient Customs'.
Stuart was interviewed for www.4barsrest,com after the contest. To hear what he had to say click here. http://snd.sc/VwHc8q
Playing off of the tricky and infamous No1 draw,
JIB opened the days contesting by playing the National Anthem and then
got down to business and set the early pace for the others to
beat and by the end of the day only 4 of the 18 bands competing managed
to do that.
JIBs MD Phil Rosier commented, "It was a challenge to prepare the piece because it needed a lot of
careful thought and application to be authentic to its various styles.
The band however rose again to the challenge and performed with
conviction and finesse especially with such an early draw".
To listen to the live performance on the day (including the National Anthem) please click here. http://snd.sc/On4fDe
The competition was won by the Hitchin band from the London and Southern Counties conducted by, Craig Patterson.
A Massive thanks goes to Nicola Douglas, Maddie Pullan, Alan Fernie, Jacqueline Elliot and of course MD Phil Rosier.
After a busy few months for the Band with local events the JIB is now in full rehersals for the forth comming British Championships being held in the Grand Concert Hall at the Cheltenham Racecourse
The Band will be travelling down to Cheltenham on Sat 22nd September and will be on stage on Sunday 23rd.
Playing a new peice called ‘Three Ancient Customs’ by R Huw Cole, the talented composer and
conductor who has worked in and around Wales and the West of England
over the past decade will provide a colourful test in the Third Section.
The work celebrates the traditions and customs of the hinterland of the
Welsh borders including ‘Cwrw Bach’ (‘Small Beer’) ‘Mari Lwyd’ and
The two Welsh elements of the work were featured for his suite, ‘Two
Ancient Welsh Customs’ which was performed at the John Golland
Composition Awards at the RNCM Festival of Brass in 2011.
more to follow....
The Jedforest Instrumental Band is currently looking for players.
Within the Senior band we now have vacancies in the Horn Section as well as Bass and Principle Trombome.
Anyone who maybe interested in any of the positions can contact the band through the Contact page.
Over the weekend of the 25th-27th May 2012,
Jedforest Instrumental band hosted their annual spring concert, with
guest soloist Les Neish in Jedburgh Town Hall
Les was brought in to not only inspire the bands senior players with
his virtuosi playing but to more importantly help inspire the youngsters
in the JIB organisation and show them what they could achieve should
they decide to stick at being part of a Brass Band.
The weekend began with a rehearsal with Les and the senior band on
the where Les wowed the band with his musicianship and technique in the 4
pieces he would play with the band in the concert the next night.
Saturday morning then saw 30 of the bands youngsters turn up at the
band hall for a 9.30 start to spend the morning with Les in one of his
fun filled workshops. The kids were treated to a morning of various
activities from breathing exercises, to learning how to play Twinkle,
Twinkle on the mouthpiece to a massed performance of African Funk by
Alan Fernie. One of the bands rising young stars said of the mornings
session “ I really enjoyed the workshop with Les. It was good to learn a
bit about everything rather than just jumping straight into playing”
7.30pm came round and the band took to the stage in front of just
over 200 people with MD Phil Rosier opening with the Fanfare from Rocky
as their opening number to which the recent trophies that have been one
(from the Borders Entertainment and the Scottish championships) were
paraded in. The rest of the first half was filled with such classics as
Ejala, the March from the pines of Rome and a reprise of the bands
winning performance of Philip Harpers 3rd Section test piece Olympus.
Les also took to the stage and wowed the audience with Monti’s classic
Czardas and Paul Lovvatt – Coopers beautiful composition Songs for the
Next Up was the bands beginner group and their MD Stuart Black
containing kids that have been playing anywhere from 3 months to a year.
A group set up to bring in new kids and encourage them at the start of
their journey through the Jedforest Instrumental ranks. Their program
consisted of such entertaining repertoire as Batman and Cheesy Feet
In a small change to the program, Les then returned to the stage to
conduct a massed band performance of all the youngsters under the JIB
wing in an official performance of African Funk, to highlight the great
work the kids and Les had done that morning in the workshop.
The bands Youth band (Abbey Brass) then took to the stage to showcase
the great work that they have been doing under their MD Rob Hume.
Featuring different styles of music arranged for the band by their MD
ranging from Mozart to Coldplay. Truly highlighting that the youth scene
in Jedburgh is thriving.
After the Interval the band filled their 2nd half with a bigger work
in the form of Peter Grahams Windows of the world. Featuring some high
class solo playing (most noticeably from Dave Higgnett on trumpet and
Alan Currie on drums) Les then took to the stage with the band again,
firstly to perform Luc Vertomen’s arrangement of the beautiful duet the
prayer (made famous by Celline Dion and Andrea Bocelli) For this the
bands Principal Euphonium player Scott Renwick joined Les as the pair
produced a beautiful rendition of this great arrangement. This was then
followed by Les showing that Bass players can surprise us all by
treating the audience to a superb rendition of the High tempo number “
The audience were left shouting for more to which the band replied
with an entertaining rendition of Ray Farr’s “Riverdance” featuring some
great playing from the hole band as well as some dodgy Irish dancing
from their Principal Cornet and Flugel players, bringing the hugely
successful and entertaining evening to a close and sending the audience
home buzzing about the nights entertainment.
The Sunday Morning then saw the turn of the senior players to
experience one of Les’s fun filled sessions. The senior bands
Euphonium/Baritone and Bass players came to the band hall to pick the
brains of a man the certainly know his stuff for this type off
instrument. They were taken through various warm up/Breathing and
general practice techniques to aid their playing and home practice. They
then finished of the morning with a chance to play along side Les in
some Tuba Quartets that he had brought along for them to try. Senior
band Bb Bass star Randy Hudson said “ I’ve have been playing Bass for
almost forty years now and I find it amazing how much I have learned in
the space of a weekend in comparison”
That then rounded of an extremely entertaining, fun and inspiring
weekend for everyone involved at Jedforest Instrumental band. Thanks to
Les and Besson, everyone from youngsters to Adults seem to come away
from the weekend having learned something and hopefully have been
inspired to continue the bands progression and legacy for many years to
On Sat 28th of April the JIB held a fund raising Clean up around the town of Jedburgh.
The members of JIB were all sponsored by towns folk and at 9 am they took to the streets of Jed.
Spliting in to small teams the Band covered the center of town and 3hrs later, had collected over 17 full bags of litter from the streets and riverside.
The total hasn't been finalised yet but an early estimate is said to be around the 4-5 hundred pounds mark which will go a long way in helping the band raise the funds to represent Scotland at the National Finals in Cheltenham later this year.
A HUGE thanks to all the workers and sonsors who took part in the mornings clean up.
Neish to pay a visit to Scottish champs
On Sat 26th of May, the JIB will hold their Spring
concert in the Jedburgh Town Hall and will feature a very speacial guest.
Besson Tuba artist Les Neish will feature as the bands guest soloist for the evening
performing 3 Solos and a duet with our very own Solo Euphonium Scott
As well as being a Besson artist,member of the famous Brass Band Battle
Creek and world renowned amasador for the Tuba, he is also one of the
most saught after tutors and workshop leaders around. Whilst here he
will be spending some time with all of the younger players in the bands
set up on the Saturday morning,leading them through a morning of fun and
learning culmanating in a speacial performance which may make it's way
to the concert later that evening.
As well as all this round the weekend off,some of the adult members of
JIB will get to spend some time with Les in a master class on the Sunday
morning where they can pick the Brains of a man who as achieved so much
in his career already.
As well as Les, the newley crowned Scottish 3rd Section Champions will play something for all and will be supported as always by Abbey Brass and the Band Buddies.
Tickets are priced at £4 and £5 and are available here
Online from the Contacts page, Band Members, Paws and Claws pet shop,
and From Me To You card shop
Doors Open at 7pm for a 7.30pm
start. A fully Licenced Bar and Table Service will be provided so COME
ALONG for a great night out!
Here are some videos of Les showing why is one of
the most respected artists in todays movement
On sat 10th March the JIB lifted the 3rd section Scottish Championship title with a dazzling performance of Philip Harpers 'OLYMPUS', a piece which was written to celebrate the 2012 London Olympic games and depicts scenes of chariot races and the temples of the greek gods.
Playing no.4 of 12 bands the JIBs performance stood out from the rest of the field and set the marker that the other bands couldn't quite match on the day resulting in a clear 2 point margin over runners up Perthshire Brass.
The Adjudicators John Doyle and David Thornton were not even born when
Jedforest last won a Scottish title, but had no doubt that this one was
John told 4barsrest.com: "The winners were very good indeed. They made a fine,
well balanced band sound, did all the basics very well and made our
decision an easy one."
MD Phil Rosier commented " The strong performance at the Scottish Nationals was due to the
extensive hard work done in the preparation by individuals and everyone else
involved. The band performed the piece in the spirit it was intended to
be played and it was a delight to hear."
Tammie collects the trophies from the Adjudicators: David Thornton & John Doyle
This is the first national title the band has won since 1968 and also means promotion back the 2nd section and an invitaion to represent Scotland at the National Championships of Great Britain held at the Cheltenham Race course in September.
An emotional band secretary Nicola Currie added "We are delighted with the result it is a great reward for all the team effort and individual practice thats been put in since Christmas. A lot of credit must go to our MD Phil Rosier who guided the band on their journey to becoming Scottish Champions."
Saturday 10th March
Test Piece: 'Olympus' - Philip Harper
The JIB recently embarked on a band training weekend in
preparation for the forth coming Scottish Championships to be held in
Glen Rothes Halls on sat 10th March.
This year, instead of the
usual day long sectional and full band rehearsalsin the band hall, the
band upped sticks and headed across the border to the Northumberland
town of Wooler where a full weekend of sectionals and full band
rehersals took place.
The location for this was in the function
suite of the Hoseasons Wooler: Riverside Country Caravan Park, where the
band was well looked after by the staff and residents.
The whole weekend got underway on the friday evening with a full band rehearsal and then followed up at 9 am with sectionals and full band rehearsals right through to 6pm. The Band then finished off the weekend with a final 2hr full band rehersal on the Sunday morning.
The whole weekend was well worth it and should bare well for the Championships
The Band would like the give a huge thanks to MD Phil Rosier who worked us hard for the whole weekend and of course to the wonderfull staff at the Riverside Country Park, who also provided the accomodation for the band, and looked after our every needs. THANK YOU.
The JIB is now preparing for the forth coming Scottish Brass Band Championships, which this year will be held on Sat 10th March in the Rothes Halls in Glen Rothes, Fife.
Currently competing in the 3rd Section the Band will be playing the test peice 'Olympus' by the composer and arranger Philip Harper.
Under the leadership of MD Phil Rosier the band is looking to get back up to the 2nd Section which would also bring a trip to Cheltenham and the British National Finals in September.
more to follow..........
Once again the band took to the streets of Jedburgh to do the annual New Years Day March around the town.
Starting at 9am the Band parades round the streets only stopping to take on board some much needed sustinance and refreshments supplied by friends and family of the Band.
The Band finnished the March around 2.30pm with kind refreshments being supplied by the Jedburgh British Legion and the Cannon Bar.
The JIB held its annual Christmas Concert to a packed Jedburgh Town Hall on Sat 17th Dec.
The Band was acompanied by Abbey Brass, the Future Group and the Band Buddies and together they put on a memorable show.
All the Junior bands showcased there latests works much to the delights of the large audience and with the senior band laying on the Festive cheer, the Audience left with all the joys of the Festive Spirit.
Such Numbers as Away in a Manger, O Holy Night and In
the Bleak Mid Winter set a great Christmas scene and follwed by excerpts
of Santa Baby, Fairytale of New York and I Wish it could be Christams
everyday, had everyone singing along.
The Band would like to
thank all the fund raisers and bar staff for their continued and valued
support and to Jim Terrace and Alan Fernie for guesting with the band.
The Band recently held a days fundraising at the Jedburgh Co-op Superstore with Christmas Carols being played by the JIB and Customer bag packing being carried out at the tills by members and parents of Abbey Brass.
A GRAND TOTAL OF £870 was raised so a huge thank you goes to all who were involved and to the Co-op Store Jedburgh for their kind hospitality.
Abbey Brass (Jedforest) claimed another Gold Award at this Years Scottish Youth Championships in Perth. There were a total of 11 bands in their section, unfortunatly the band didn't quite manage to take home the Trophy, that honour went to the Perth and Kinross Junior School Band but a cracking performance from the band ment they claimed one of the top awards of the day.
This wasn't the only success for the JIB as three of the bands players were also involved the previous day playing for the Scottish Borders Youth Band in the Senior Development Section. Tammie Jack, Emma Stainer and Naomi Henderson help the Borders badn retain the title for a second year.
The JIB, Abbey Brass, Band Buddies and Future Group will be holding their annual Christmas Concert on Sat 17th Dec In the Jedburgh Town Hall.
Starting at 7.30 the bands will be full of the Christmas spirit, playing some true Christmas classics.
Tickets will be priced at £5/£4 and will be on sale in Various shops around Jedburgh and also from band members and right here at the Contacts page.
Dont delay get your tickets today!!!!
walked away from the Borders contest on Saturday 5th November with the 3rd
section title after wowing the large audience with a fun-packed and hugely
Playing no. 15 out of 18 bands, the band opened
their programme with a fabulous arrangement by Philip Harper of the Barry
Manilow classic 'Copacabana'. With
its vocal opening, the band quickly had the audience's full
Next, the band showed off its quality Solo Horn player, Hamish
McRitchie, by playing the Goff Richard's piece 'Demelza'. A beautiful Solo which Hamish played with style and composure.
The Band then turned the clock back by playing a piece that was
written in th 1920's called 'Mill In the Dale'. This tells the story of
mill workers and their working day, from listening to the bird song on the way
to work to the sounds of the mil workings and the songs and whistles of the
happy work force. A great fun piece
The band closed its programme
with the Salvation Army piece ' Glorifico Aeternium'. This was a big number for
the band and they had put a lot of hard work into this piece and pulled it off
Overall a hugely enteraining progarmme that tested the band and showed off the hard work that was put into it by all the players and MD Phil Rosier.
The JIB would like to thank Alison Reid (Langholm Town), John Dickson (St Davids Brass) and Alan Fernie for guesting with us at the contest.
The band finished a credible 9th overall the full results are as follows.....
Adjudicators: Stan Lippeatt & Archie Hutchison
Winners: Tullis Russell Mills (£150)
Entertainment Prize: Croy Silver (£150)
Best Second Section Band: Tullis Russell Mills (£100)
Best Third Section Band: Jedforest Instrumental (£100)
Best Fourth Section Band: Hawick Saxhorn (£100)
Highest placed Borders Band: St Ronan’s Silver
Best Soloist: Amy Leitch (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Best Instrumentalist: Bass Trombone (Coalburn Silver)
Best Solo Cornet: Dunaskin Doon Band
Best Basses: Shotts St. Patrick’s Band
Best Percussion: Tullis Russell Mills Band
In a Brass Banding first, the Contest held an open aduducation with 2
adjudicators, Archie Hutcheson and Stan Lippeatt. Stan was adjudicating as
normal but Archie was trialing a new idea, supported by SBBA, by talking his
remarks over a recording of the bands as they played.
Click the Link to hear this unique adudication. Borders 2011
we also have videos of our performance on the day, so for your viewing pleasure please just click on the links below.
The Jedforest Instrumental and Abbey Brass bands are both taking part in the 11th annual Borders Entertainment Contest which this year is being held for the first time in the Buccleuch Centre Langholm .
The Senior Band has to play a short 15 min program of their own choice to try and impress 2 adudicators to become the Borders Entertainment Champions 2011
Last year the Band was awarded Best 3rd Section Band, Best percussion and Highest placed Borders Band so they have a tough task to emulate last years performance.
Abbey Brass, hot off a famous win at Brass in the Park look to continue their winning ways with another title in Langolm.
The Band will be holding a Concert in the Jedburgh Town Hall on Fri 21st Oct. The Band will be conducted bu MD PhilRosier and will be showcasing some of the music that it will be performing at the fothcoming Borders Entertainment Contest. Alongside the band as always will be Abbey Brass (Jedforest) Conducted by Rob Hume and after their recent success at Brass in the Park they are in top Tune.
Tickets are priced at £4 and £5 and are available here Online from the contacts page, Band Members, Paws and Claws pet shop, and From Me To You card shop
Doors Open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. A fully Licenced Bar and Table Service will be provided so COME ALONG for a great night out!