Latest News 2020
As were are unable to bring you a Live Christmas concert this year we thought that we could take a look back at last years fun packed event.
so here is Jedforest Instrumental Band and Abbey Brass with 'A Christmas Cracker'
Due to the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic, the band has not been able to meet up in any way since the Scottish Championships in March. The situation doesn't look like changing for the remainder of this year with the whole of the 2020 calendar being wiped out.
Looking forward into 2021. The Scottish Championships have already been cancelled but there is a possibility of a national competition to be held later in the year.
Despite the lack of playing the band has been busy with renovations to out purpose built premises and we will be making a statement shortly.
Thanks JIB team
Following on from medical advice, and in order to protect our players from the advance of the Covid 19 outbreak both the JIB and training band Abbey Brass, have taken the decision to stop rehearsals untill further notice.
The band has still a full calendar of events booked in for the year ahead but obviously some of appearances over the next few months may be affected.
Our players have committed to at least 2 hrs of individual practice per day untill we return to the band hall ????????so were expecting good things when we return.☺️???? ???? ????
Stay safe everyone.
SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2020
The band took the stage in the Perth Concert hall on Sat 7th March in good spirits to play this years Area test peice , The Golden Sabre by Kit Turnbull.
Drawn no 2 the band put in a great performance but unfortunatly it didn't turn the judges ears enough to feature in the prizes.
MD, Philip Rosier stated that it was one of the best performances that the band has put in under is tenure and although dissapointed at the 5th place , the band can take pride from a good performance.
NEW ROOF FUNDING
Cash to upgrade Jedforest Instrumental Band’s state-of-the-art music hall and practice venue has been secured and the Jedburgh building will soon benefit from a new roof and repairs to its library.
That’s being funded by a £48,631 handout from the Suez Community Trust and a further £15,000 from the Jedburgh CARS scheme.
The urgent repairs, costing around £75,000, are being hailed vital for maintaining the safety and condition of the various ranges of instruments, equipment and music held within the Mission Hall, in the town’s Friars.
“We are delighted to have received this funding from the SUEZ Communities Trust and the CARS fund,” band and committee member Kirsty McRae said. “We are fortunate to have such a spacious rehearsal facility for our senior band and Abbey Brass Jedforest, our junior band.
“As we prepare for the Scottish Brass Band Championships in March it is comforting to know that work will soon be commencing on the repairs that we need to ensure the future of our band hall.”
The custom-designed band hall, where both the senior and junior bands practice twice-weekly, was bought by the band in 2000.
After a year of refurbishment, to create sound-proofed facilities, tuition and practice areas, toilets, and a kitchen, the band hall was opened in March 2001 by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
“This is the first major work we’ve had to carry out and will hopefully take two to three months to complete, weather and unforeseen circumstance permitting,” Kirsty added. “The library room where we store our catalogue of music, which is fairly extensive, is completely out of use at the moment due to the state of repair it is in, but we aim to get it restored to full working order.
“We’re very proud of our band. It’s a great team and family and we love being able to contribute to the Jedburgh community through our musical input.
“Hopefully the investment we can make in the repairs to the hall will ensure we have a good rehearsal space as well as being able to continue to allow members of the community to make use of the facility.”
The band, one of the country’s oldest continuously-run brass bands, formed in 1854 and boasts around 55 members across its junior and senior sections.
SUEZ Communities Trust chairman Marek Gordon added: “We provide funding through the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund and are delighted to be able to offer funding to Jedforest Instrumental Band.”
Jedforest Instrumental and Abbey Brass Jedforest are always keen to welcome new members of any ability. Visit: www.jedforestinstrumentalband.org.uk for further information.
Scottish Championships 2020
The Band is deep into it's preparations for the 2020 Scottish Brass Band Championships.
The contest will be held in the Perth Concert Hall on Sat 7 of March where the Jedforest band will compete in the 2nd section.
Under the Baton of MD Philip Rosier the band will play a newly commissioned peice for the contest entitled 'The Golden Sabre' written by the composer/ arr of Kit Turnbull.