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 Lawn Bowling and Rugby and he enjoys the odd Whisky or glass of wine. Favourite band pieces include Live and Let Die, Flowerdale, Glorifico Aeternum, Variations on Laudate Dominum and Spiriti.
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.
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.
Rachel Wemyss Rachel knew from an early that she wanted 'Rob Hume' to teach her cornet and soon became a member of Abbey Brass moving from 3rd cornet to solo cornet in just over 6 months and then on to rehearsing with the senior band. In 2016 Rachel was delighted when she was declared the junior bands person of the year. In 2017 she was proud to make her contesting debut for the senior band and helped the band collect 6 trophies at the 'Borders Contest'
Having always been keen musically, she enjoys singing and dancing and has performed the role as Cinderella in her School panto. A grade 4 pianist she also enjoys horse riding, hip hop dancing and listening to all genres of music.
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.
David first joined JIB in 1974 at the age of 10. He played for 8 years before moving to South Wales. Whilst in Wales he played repiano cornet with Ystrad Mynach helping them win the Welsh 4th Section in 1986. After leaving banding to play and coach rugby he picked up his cornet again in 2012 and played briefly with Rogerstone band who were then in the Championship section. David returned to Jedburgh and was begged by David Lightbody to join the band on the annual New Years day march around the town in 2017 and has continued playing since. David's favourite pieces are Philip Sparkes Land of the long white cloud and Paul Lovatt Coopers Breath of Souls. He also enjoys a wide variety of other music including Pink Floyd and musical theatre. David also enjoys singing. He enjoys a red wine or six.
Daniel Ball Daniel started school Brass lessons in 2015 with expert tuition from Rob Hume. He joined JIB Band Buddies and soon progressed to Abbey Brass. Following this up by also taking a 3rd cornet seat with the senior band. His highlight to date was being selected to play 2nd cornet in the JIB contest band at the 2017 Borders Entertainment Competition where JIB took a hall of trophies including overall winners! He enjoys music generally, and has taken up bass guitar too, but when he’s not making music he’ll be found on his Xbox!
Mark started playing at 12 yrs old with the St Boswells Concert Band being taught by the late Alex Robertson.
Aged 18 he joined the Lothian and Borders Police which stopped him from playing. A conversation with JIb player Joh n Mabon sees Mark back with a cornet and enjoying life with JIB.
Stuart has been a part of the band since 2000, progressing from third cornet until he eventually found his seat on Flugel in 2004. Stuart’s biggest achievements in his banding career has been winning the Best Instrumentalist at the National Brass Band Championships in 2012, winning the Borders Slow Melody competition 6 times, Scotland’s Rotary Club Young Musician of the Year in 2002 and getting to Study with Russell Gray and Professor David King at Salford University. Favourite Pieces include Laudate Dominum and Essence of Time.
Hamish began playing in 1969 but due to other commitments gave it up in 1978. He returned to banding in 2005 when he joined the JIB Horn Section and soon took over the Solo Horn seat. He rates his best banding moment as when plaing in the regional qualifiers in Bristol in 1974. He enjoys Mountain biking, model railways, whisky, haggis and classical music and rates his favourite peice as Resurgam.
Nicola Douglas Nicola started playing with the Hawick Saxhorn Band aged 12 before joining Dalkeith and Monktonhall whilst studying at Edinburgh University. When she moved to Selkirk in the Borders to be a Chemistry teacher she played for Selkirk Silver in the town. She is now a vital cog in the Jib horn section as well as a being a Brownie Guider. She also likes to spend her spare time with friends and family and says her Jedforest highlight were the trips to Cheltenham for the National finals in 2013 and 2015.
Molly Noble Molly started her playing days at Jedburgh Grammar School before joining the ranks of Abbey Brass aged 11. She soon impressed and moved up to the senior band playing in her 1st JIB contest in 2018. Molly has a long list of hobbies which include dance , horse riding and athletics.
Scott Renwick Scott started his banding over 30 years ago in the Hawick Salvation Army Band befores moving to Hawick Saxhorn, McTaggart Scott (Loanhead) and Newtongrange Silver Bands. He has now been apart of the JIB since 2009. Scotts finest hour came in 2005, whilst playing for Newtongrange, when they became Scottish Champions and earned a trip to the Albert Halls. He rates the piece 'Jazz' as his favourite brass music and he also enjoys listening to bands such as the Stone Roses. Scott has now completed the Brass Band 'Grand Slam' by having a winners medal for every section of the Scottish Championships. only a very few have achieved this acolade in Scotland
Fiona has recently re joined the band and a profile will appear here shortly
Stuart has been playing for over 50 years and has played for many bands including Edinburgh Boys Brigade, City of Edinburgh, Leith Silver and Galashiels Town. He has also sat in many seats from cornet down to Euph. He Enjoys listening to Opera and Brass music and favourite piece is Journey to freedom by Eric Ball. In his spare time his passions are Fishing and playing Chess and Bridge. He also enjoys Lamb and Spinach Curry washed down with a gallon of Red wine.
Marion McAfee Marion is one of JIBs longest serving members having joined the band over 40 years ago. Origionaly and still occasionaly a Euphonium player, Marion his now settled on the Baritone. Her favourite banding moment came at the British Championships in Torquay. Although her favourite piece is Stop the Cavelry her prefered music choice is rock orientated. In her spare tme she enjoys Puzzles, knitting and listening to music.
Gordon began his playing days with Galashiels Town Band in 1973 before switching between the Gala band and Broxburn Silver. In 1978 he joined the Borders Big Band where he is still an active member as well as holding seats in the Tweed Vally Jazz Band, Dave Kerr Hot 5 and the Cellar Bar Big Band. In 1973 Gordon became the Scottish Junior Champion. In his spare time he enjoys Italian food along with a nice red wine and G+T. His other interests include Golf and Jazz music. He Lists his favourite pieces as Journey into Freedom, Spectrum and Variations on a Ninth.
Ben started playing Trombone at the age of 8 and joined the ranks of Abbey Brass when he went to high school. Ben has was part of the Scottish youth Championship winning team in 2019 and is also a member of the SBBBA youth band as well an avid attender at Nybbs. In his spare time, Ben likes to play piano and go out mountain biking. He rates his favourite peice as Nightingale dances.
George joined the band when he was 10 but left for many years while working abroad. He returned to Jethart, and the band, 25 years ago. George has been Secretary of the band as well as president, and is was also the President of the Scottish Brass Band Association for seven years. Due to Georges hard work, Scotland is now leading the world in youth brass development, based on Jedforest’s pioneering experience over the past 12 years.
Helen Westcot Helen started playing the tuba when she was 11 and began playing in brass bands with the county youth band. At university Helen studied Music Technology and learned how to count rests in the Keele Philharmonic Orchestra. She moved to the borders to be a primary teacher and discovered Jedforest Band. Her highlight has been playing in the National Finals in Cheltenham.
Graham Fraser Graham first got involved with brass playing about 20 years ago because his sons got involved with JIB. He could read music (although that’s not always obvious) as he had been playing bassoon since he was 11. He was recruited to play bass and has never looked back (or forwards) since. He hates contesting and loves coming up the High Street on Ancrum night. He is a great admirer of Alan Fernie’s arrangements - Ashokan Farewell and Ticket to Ride amongst many others - and loves Suite Gothique. He eats almost anything, the unhealthier the better, and has been known to sip a wide variety of alcoholic beverages. Revolting French liqueurs are a particular weakness.
Neil returned to Brass in 2016 after taking a 30 year break! Little did he know that taking his sons to Abbey Brass (and after Daniel mentioned to John Mabon that he used to play) that John would present him with an istrument and get him playing again. Neil now helps run Abbey Brass and plays Eb Bass with the senior band.
David has been a player with JIb since 2001 and is also an active member with the St Boswells Concert Band. He has been playing Bass since he was 12 and has also played with various militery bands. He enjoys a pint of Guinness as well as listening to traditional military marches .
Alan begun his plaing days aged 15 on Bb Bass and after a short spell on Euph he joined the JIB aged 17 on Eb. Moving between Eb and Bb bass, Alan has now returned to the Bb ranks. His favourite pieces are Culloden moor, Variations on Laudate Dominum and of course 'Tuba Smarties'. His hobbies include spending time with his family and relaxing with a 'wee Gin and tonic'. Alan's most memorable banding moment was playing at the National finals in Torquay
Fiona joined Abbey Brass after watching her son in the cornet section. She had been a keen musician at school playing piano and clarinet but had not been involved in anything musical for 25yrs. Fiona started playing the glockenspiel for Abbey Brass, and now is an enthusiastic member of the percussion team with Jedforest Instrumental Band. Fiona decided that she wanted to understand more about music and so started a journey in 2015 with her Higher music and finished in 2019 with a BMus Hons. This has been very rewarding and enjoyable and she has no plans to finish with exams just yet!
Kirsty McRae Kirsty joined the ranks of the Jib in 2011 after moving to the Borders 2 years before that. Kirsty's first instrument is piano, with orchestral percussion in particular timpani, being her second study. Kirsty has been involved in music from an early age where she played in school and regional bands in her home county of Fife before moving to Glasgow to study music. Head of Music and Drama at a local School, Kirsty loves having the opportunity to enjoy playing music which she doesn't have to choose, organize or conduct! JIb have made her very welcome and she is proud to be a part of the band.
Euan Glendining Euan started to play the drums at the age of 9 wen he received a drum kit for his christmas. After attending The Jedforest Drum Academy for 4 years he was encouraged to join the percussion section in the Jedforest Instrumental Band. Euan enjoys playing Jazz/big band pieces with the band as well as soul music in his spare time. He also enjoys playing the Timpani drums and is the lead tipper in the bands festival season. In the future he would like to improve is tuned percussion skills. Late 2014 Euan helped set the drum school up again and it is currently doing well.
Jamie Ball Jamie has been a keen percussionist since first picking up drum sticks at the age of 8. While he prefers the drum kit he also plays marching snare with Kelso Pipe Band and enjoys playing anything else that makes a noise when hit. Jamie plays with Abbey Brass, the Senior Band and the JIB contesting Band and has just started as a tutor in the JIB drum school. When not playing percussion he also plays guitar, keyboard and Xbox, but not necessarily in that order! He’s also been proud to receive the Abbey Brass “Bandsman of the Year” award for 2017.
Wully has been a member of the JIB since making the switch from the Jedburgh Royal British Legion Pipe band in the mid 80s. Every year around June/July Wully appears like a vison to lead the band in celebrating Jedburghs annual festival the 'Jethart's Callants Festival'. This requires the band to do a lot of marching and Wully certainly keeps the Beat. A fantastic Bass Guitar player, Wully likes all types of rock music and in his spare time he enjoys fine foods and real ale.