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2004 Scottish Regional Championships

Third Section
Sunday 13th March

Test Piece: Vizcaya – Gilbert Vinter
Adjudicator: David Read & Jappie Dijkstra


Another competitive section and like the Second Section, one that progressive bands have traditionally negotiated without much delay. It’s not a section that has provided Scotland with much success at National level, with the notable exception of 2000, when Kirkintilloch Kelvin and Livingston won the top two prizes.

"Vizcaya" will provide a good test for this year’s bands and the audience should enjoy it too. There are a few bands that will be travelling a long way for this contest. We suspect one or two of them will have a pretty enjoyable return journey.


Buckhaven & Methil Miners
Conductor: B. McDonald

Last Eight Years:
2003: 10th (B. Fraser)
2002: 6th
2001: 3rd
2000: 8th
1999: 5th
1998: 10th
1997: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
1996: 4th 4th Section

Last year was a big disappointment for the Fife band. They had managed to establish themselves well in the Third Section since their promotion in 1997, but 10th place leaves them needing a result to maintain their status. They’re hard workers though and the change of conductor will do them no harm. We think they’ll do enough to survive, with a chance of a prize if they can improve on their recent performance at the Fife contest.


Campbeltown Brass
Conductor: R. Farmer

Last Eight Years:
2003: 7th (G. Evans)
2002: 10th
2001: DNC
2000: 6th 2nd Section (rel)
1999: 10th 2nd Section
1998: 6th 2nd Section
1997: 6th 2nd Section
1996: 2nd (prom)

Scotland’s most remote band from the Mull of Kintyre, are a much-travelled group. Their last appearance at the Borders Entertainment contest was a good one and their young players performed very well at the recent Scottish Youth Solo & Ensemble Championships, taking away a bundle of prizes. They need a good result but they have a lot to be optimistic about at the moment and if the long journey doesn’t tire them out too much, we think they could be challenging for promotion again.


Dumfries Town
Conductor: T. Holland

Last Eight Years:
2003: Winners 4th Section (4) (G. Brotherston)
2002: 7th 4th Section
2001: 6th 4th Section
2000:DNC
1999: 4th 4th Section
1998: 7th 4th Section
1997: 6th 4th Section
1996: DNC

A band on the way up, Dumfries will be hoping to build on last year’s success and although they were disappointed with their result at the Dundee finals, they fought back well at the Borders Entertainment contest. Further promotion might be a bit soon for them just now, but we expect them to consolidate this year.


Irvine and Dreghorn Brass
Conductor: J. Boax

Last Eight Years:
2003: 6th 2nd Section (9) (J. Boax) (rel)
2002: 10th 2nd Section
2001: DNC
2000: 4th 2nd Section
1999: 6th 2nd Section
1998: 2nd 3rd Section (prom)
1997: 7th 2nd Section (rel)
1996: 11th 2nd Section

Irvine & Dreghorn were unfortunate to find themselves relegated last year, but they didn’t have everything their own way at the Whitburn Contest in November. John Boax is a very experienced conductor though and he will pick the Ayrshire band up for this one. We have a feeling they could be one of the contenders for promotion.


Jedforest Instrumental
Conductor: A. Fernie

Last Eight Years:
2003: 4th (A. Fernie)
2002: 2nd 4th Section (prom)
2001: 5th 4th Section
2000: 6th 4th Section
1999: DNC
1998: DNC
1997: DNC
1996: DNC

A very progressive band from the Borders, Jedforest and their well-known conductor / composer / arranger Alan Fernie will approach this contest with high expectations. We understand they have enlisted the help of some of Whitburn’s leading players in their preparation, but they do have a few decent players of their own, including an excellent cornet section. They’ve won their last two contests and we think they will be one of the bands to beat in this one too.


MacTaggart Scott Loanhead
Conductor: A. Fernie

Last Eight Years:
2003: 5th (A. Fernie)
2002: 5th
2001: 7th
2000: 11th
1999: 3rd
1998: 4th
1997: 5th
1996: 3rd

Alan Fernie’s other band, from Midlothian this time, MacTaggart Scott are another progressive outfit with an ever expanding and truly excellent youth structure. The Borders Entertainment contest was a slight disappointment for them, but they have been very consistent at the Scottish Championships and should do enough to maintain their record this year. Look out for them in the next few years. They have a secure future ahead of them.


Perthshire Brass
Conductor: TBA

Last Eight Years:
2003: 9th (G. Annan)
2002: 8th
2001: 8th
2000: 10th 2nd Section (rel)
1999: 8th 2nd Section
1998: 8th 2nd Section
1997: 4th
1996: 10th 2nd Section (rel)

Perthshire have found it hard going the last couple of years and need a good performance to avoid the drop into the Fourth Section. They’ve had a quiet time on the contest front recently too, so they will need to on their mettle if they are to do enough to maintain their current status.


St. David's Brass
Conductor: J. Dickson

Last Eight Years:
2003: 3rd (J. Dickson)
2002: 3rd
2001: 4th
2000: 9th
1999: 7th
1998: Winners 4th Section
1997: 7th 4th Section
1996: 11th 4th Section

John Dickson’s young band from Dalkeith, just outside Edinburgh, have been on a long upward curve and they will be desperate to succeed after two successive 3rd places, which have seen them just miss out on promotion. Some excellent soloists around the stand will serve them well in Vizcaya and we think they will be real contenders for the trip to Harrogate.


Tullis Russell Mills Band
Conductor: D. Neil

Last Eight Years:
2003: 11th 2nd section (5) (D.Neil) (rel)
2002: 8th 2nd section
2001: 2nd 3rd Section (prom)
2000: 6th 3rd Section
1999: 7th 2nd section (rel)
1998: 12th 2nd section
1997: 10th 1st Section (rel)
1996: 8th 1st Section

Another band from Fife with an illustrious history, that have fallen down the divisions since their purple patch in the 50’s and 60’s. They seem to have themselves organised a bit though and their last few results will give them great encouragement. They have good chance of challenging for a prize if they can continue to improve and Dave Neil’s leadership will undoubtedly assist them in their quest.


Results archive:
Full results of previous year's contests together with a results summary can be found in our results archive.

Past Qualifiers:

2003: Lochgelly, St. Ronan’s
2002: Shotts St. Patrick's Brass, Arbroath Instrumental
2001: Clydebank Burgh, Tullis Russell Mills
2000: Livingston Brass, Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass
1999: Turriff Silver, City of Discovery Brass
1998: Renfrew Burgh, Irvine and Dreghorn
1997: Kepston Q Fab Whitburn Brass, Annan Town
1996: Kilmarnock Concert Brass, Campbeltown Brass
1995: Barrhead and District, Newland Concert

Scottish bands at the Finals:

2003: 12th, 13th
2002: 12th, 14th
2001: 12th, 15th
2000: 1st, 2nd
1999: 5th, 14th
1998: 3rd, 17th

4BR Prediction:

There are at least four bands in this section that we think could win it on their day, but current form suggests that Jedforest may just be slight favourites at the moment. We’ve resorted to throwing the balls up in the air again to sort out the other places and although we expect the young bands from Campbeltown and St. David’s to do well, Tullis Russell’s resurgence may just be enough to carry them through.

1. Jedforest Instrumental
2. Tullis Russell Mills
3. St. David’s Brass
4. Campbeltown Brass
5. Irvine & Dreghorn
6. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead

Dark Horse: Dumfries Town

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