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All together in Unison.

Unison Kinneil take the honours north of the border in the Whitburn Contest. We have the details with a full report to follow.


Whitburn Contest — 3 November 2001

This year's Whitburn Invitation Contest was won by Unison Kinneil conducted by Glasgow based Irish Trumpeter Eric Dunlea. Their programme consisted of Fest Musik der Stadt Wien by Richard Strauss, Share my Yoke, Russian Sailor's Dance, My Laggan Love and Old Man River.

Adjudicator Malcolm Brownbill pinpointed their consistency of performance throughout which had been the feature which most distinguished them from the other top bands.

Kinneil's closest rivals, Bo'ness & Carriden conducted by Tony Swainson, took 2nd place with pre contest favourites Kirkintilloch and Allan Ramsay having to settle for third prize.

The contest was held in St Kentigern's Academy in Blackburn for the first time as there is refurbishment work taking place in the normal venue at Whitburn. Nevertheless, the Whitburn Band management were delighted with the new venue and with the excellent entry of 22 bands which had made the contest the most successful ever.

The full results were:
1 Unison Kinneil — 195pts
2 Bo'ness & Carriden — 194pts
3 Kirkintilloch�����- 193pts
4 Bon-Accord Silver — 192pts
5 Clackmannan District — 191pts
6 Broxburn Public — 190pts
7 Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass -189pts
8 Johnstone Silver — 188pts
9 Dunaskin Doon�����- 187pts
10 Shotts St Patricks Brass — 185pts����������
11 Dalkeith & Monktonhall — 183pts����������
12 Renfrew Burgh — 182pts
13 Clydebank Burgh — 181pts
14 Bon-Accord Silver 'B'- 180pts
15 Kilmarnock Concert Brass — 179pts����������
16 Dunfermline Town — 178pts
17 Irvine & Dreghorn — 177pts
18 Jedforest Instrumental — 176pts�����
19 Tullis Russell Mills�����- 175pts�����
20 Selkirk Silver — 174pts
21 Newland Concert Brass — 172pts����������
22 Coalburn Silver — 170pts

Top 1st Section Band—Clackmannan District—5th place with 191pts
Top 2nd Section Band—Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass—7th place with 189pts
Top 3rd Section Band—Shotts St. Patricks Brass—10th place with 185pts
Top 4th Section Band—Bon Accord Silver B—14th place with 180pts

Best Entertainment Prize—Kirkintilloch

Best Soprano—Unison Kinneil
Best Soloist—Baritone—Broxburn Public
Best Cornet—Johnstone Silver
Best Euphonium—Bo’ness and Carriden
Best Trombone—Kirkintilloch Kelvin Brass
Best Bass Section—Unison Kinneil
Best Percussion—Unison Kinneil

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Howard J Evans

MA (Dist), Mus.B (hons), ARCM (hons), LRAM, LTCL, PGCE
Conductor, composer, arranger, tutor and pianist