The Dalmellington Band recently celebrated the 66th year of the Cecil Oughton Slow Melody tradition with two events held at Dalmellington Community Centre.
The Junior event was held on the 5th March where 21 young soloists competed in the Intermediate and Advanced Sections.
1. Abigail Brown
2. Paul Jamieson
3. Robbie Uriarte
4. Ciara Wilson
1. Rebecca Wilson
2. Kieran Purdie
3. Linsay Brown
4. Heather Cairns
The George F Monksfield Award, presented to the player who had shown great progress during the year, was awarded to Linsay Brown, whilst the Ray & Bobby Dunn Trophy, presented to the ‘Player of the Year’ went to Rebecca Wilson.
The new Bill Shipley Trophy, donated by Betty Shipley in memory of her late husband to the highest placed cornet soloist was Rebecca Wilson.
The adjudicator was Co-operative Funeralcare’s flugel star Carolin Farren.
The Senior Event was held on 3rd April where 14 soloists including the top four juniors from the Advanced Section competed for the prizes.
1. Derick Kirkwood
2. Billy Whalen
3. Ian Taylor
4. Linsay Brown
The Tyson Trophy for the ‘Best Bass Player’ was won by David McLean, whilst the John McCulloch Trophy, for the ‘Best Euphonium/Baritone’ went to Billy Whalen.
The Juby McCulloch Trophy, for the ‘Best Cornet’ was won by Linsay Brown. The new John Brown Trophy, donated by Nancy Brown on, in memory of her late husband, to the top horn/flugel soloist was awarded to Cara Sullivan.
Meanwhile, the ‘Exceptional Service’ Dale Salver award was presented Band Manager and Soprano Cornet player David Roxburgh, whilst the Mary Reid Quaich, presented for ‘Dedicate Service’ went to Margaret Calderwood.
The adjudicator was Davur Juul Magnussen, Principal Trombonist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.