Celebrations were in order for the Jedforest Instrumental Band after
it triumphed at the 2017 Borders Entertainment Contest, held in Jedburgh
last Saturday, 4 November. Musical Director Phil Rosier guided
the band to victory after impressing the adjudication panel of
Raymond Tennant and Les Neish.
Jedforest’s programme found favour
with both judges, receiving a unanimous first placing ahead of Langholm
Town Band, led by Musical Director Chris Shanks, in second place while Broxburn and Livingston under John Boax made up the podium.
The winning programme saw Jedforest Instrumental open with Sabre Dance which featured Euan Glendining on xylophone
before principal cornet David Sutherland played the beautiful solo First Light by Ben
Hollings. The band then entertained the audience with Salsation, a sasla inspired peice taken from the move 'Saturday night fever' which featured three amazing solo contributions from Hamish McRichie on Horn, for which he went on to claim the best instrumentalist prize, Gordon Melrose on Trombone and David Lightbody on Soprano Cornet, all supported well by Cammy McCreadie on kit. The band went on to close their programme with Dan Price’s original composition, Starburst. a piece which is inspired by the formation of stars.
The band also went on to claim best percussion section, best 2nd section band, most entertaining band as well as overall winners.
Eighteen bands performed at the contest organised by the Scottish
Borders Brass Band Association (SBBBA), including a non-competing set
from one of the association members bands, Galashiels Town Band.
On Sat 4th Nov
the Jedforest Instrumental Band along with the Scottish Borders Brass
Band Association are hosting the 17th annual Brass band entertainment
Around 500 musicians making up 18 Bands from all across Scotland, along
with our own Jedforest,will descend on Jedburgh all to compete for the
title of the most entertaining band.
Each band will play an own choice 15 min programme of music to be judged
on the day by renowned brass musicians Les Neish and Raymond Tennant.
The first band is on stage at 10am with the contest results expected around 7.30pm.
Entry is only £5 for all day come and go access to the hall.
The annual autumn concert will be held in the Jedburgh Town Hall on Sat 23rd September.
Tickets are priced at £5/£6, and are available from 'Hallmark' on Jedburgh High St, Band Members, On the door or by contacting either here on the Web site or via our Facebook page. Doors Open at 7pm.
Licensed bar and table service is available.
The band have had a busy few summer months and with the days getting shorter we have only a couple of gigs left.
Next up for the band is the Borders Birl and Beer Festival held in Jedburgh on Sat 16th August from 12 noon till 5pm.
A brand new beer and wine festival that the band is proud to be part of.