The JIB has just been announced the Scottish Brass Band Association's 3rd Section band of the year for 2012.
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."
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
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 foot stamping Christmas
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 Jedburgh 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 traveled the short distance to Selkirk to
take part in this years Borders Entertainment Contest.
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.
Unfortunately, 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 descriptive '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
tuning issues spoiled the overall picture.
To hear the whole
performance along with adjudicator Paul Drurys comments click here
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
-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 Jedforest 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 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.
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 around 6.50pm.
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.
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 contest is confined to Second, Third and
Fourth Section bands with a host of ensemble and individual prizes up
All this and it only costs £3.50 (£2.50
concessions) to go along and enjoy a full day of brass band
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
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
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.
Although a few players in the band felt we could have
played better there were a couple of pundits in the hall that though
we may just sneak a higher place.
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
coming British Championships being held in the Grand Concert Hall at
the Cheltenham Racecourse
The Band will be traveling down to
Cheltenham on Sat 22nd September and will be on stage on Sunday
Playing a new piece 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 colourfull test in the Third Section.
celebrates the traditions and customs of the hinterland of the Welsh
borders including ‘Cwrw Bach’ (‘Small Beer’) ‘Mari Lwyd’
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.
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
brought in to not only inspire the bands senior players with his
virtuoso 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.
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
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 Rock.
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
“ Hora Staccato”
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
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”
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 come.
On Sat 28th of April the JIB held a
fund raising Clean up around the town of Jedburgh.
members of JIB were all sponsored by towns folk and at 9 am they took
to the streets of Jed.
Splitting 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.
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 sponsors who took part in the mornings clean
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 special 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 ambassador for the Tuba, he is also one of the
most sought 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 culminating in a special 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 newly 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!
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.
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 well deserved.
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."
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
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 invitation to represent Scotland at the National
Championships of Great Britain held at the Cheltenham Race course in
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."
Third Section: Saturday 10th March
Piece: 'Olympus' - Philip Harper Draw: Pre-drawn Commenced:
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 rehearsals in 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 rehearsals
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.
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 rehearsal on the Sunday
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 wonderful staff at the Riverside Country
Park, who also provided the accommodation for the band, and looked
after our every needs. THANK YOU.