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New leadership at Dysart for new era

Dysart Colliery Silver Band prepares for life in the Third Section with a new MD at the helm.

Kenny Latham
  Kenny Letham takes over the reins at Dysart as they look forward to life in the Third Section

Dysart Colliery Silver Band will look forward to life in the Third Section in 2018 — their first promotion to the level in 50 years, with the appointment of a new MD in Kenneth Letham.

A graduate of the now Royal Scottish Conservatoire, Kenneth played trombone for the likes of Lochgelly, Kelty, Kingdom Brass, Bo'ness & Carriden and Co-operative Funeralcare Bands, before performing on cruise ships all over the world.

He currently works as a brass instructor in schools throughout Fife and has also enjoyed successful conducting spells with Lochgelly, Shotts St Patrick and MacTaggart Scott Loanhead.


He told 4BR: "It had been my intention to take a break from conducting, but having come to help out over the Christmas period the band really inspired me.

There is such a lot of potential here and I wanted to see how far we could progress together."

There is such a lot of potential here and I wanted to see how far we could progress togetherKenneth Letham


The band's media co-ordinator Rev. Ron Rye added: "Kenny has undeniable musicianship and a pedigree that speaks of both a desire to win and also bring out the best from the players he leads.

He is a teacher as well as such a hard working conductor and it was this makeup that appealed to us. We are all excited about the future as we enter into the Third Section and to welcoming Kenny on his concert conducting debut with us this weekend."

Brangwyn Hall

Potential weather and road closure delays for Welsh Regional Championship

March 16 • Snowfall on the way to Swansea and some road closures near to the Brangwyn Hall on Saturday morning may cause problems for bands at the Welsh Regional Championship.


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March 16 • The good news continues for Scottish banding as Cory's forthcoming visit to Perth creates ticket demand.

Band Cymru

Band Cyrmu set for broadcast

March 16 • The biannual Band Cymru competition will begin broadcasting on 25th March culminating in a live final with up to £10,000 at stake.


The world of brass broadcast from Boarshurst

March 16 • A brand new Sunday Brass Series of concerts is now being broadcast live over the internet from Boarshurst Band Club. All you have to do is sit back, log in and enjoy...

Contest: London & SC Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Saturday 17 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Victoria Hall, Bolton

Saturday 17 March • 37 Knowsley St, Bolton BL1 2AS

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Arrow Valley Brass

March 16 • Arrow Valley Brass is developing well under Andy Culshaw and seeks to appoint an experienced front row cornet player. We are based in Inkberrow, Worcs.and our main rehearsal is on Sunday morning. Full programme of concerts, contests etc.

Garforth Brass

March 15 • Following on from their success in coming second in the 4th Section in Huddersfield, GARFORTH BRASS are now looking for a SOLO/TUTTI CORNET player to join the team in preparation for their appearance at Cheltenham in September.

The Corsham Band

March 15 • Due to work commitments, a vacancy has arisen for a Tenor Trombone player. First or Second position available. We are a newly promoted Second Section band with a friendly and enthusiastic team.

Alwyn Green

Conductor, composer, arranger, adjudicator, teacher and soloist