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Hundreds Converge on Musselburgh for BB Bands Contest

Tuesday April 26

More than 250 young people aged from nine to 18 from across Scotland competed in The Boys’ Brigade’s 37th Scottish Bands Contest on Saturday, at The Brunton in Musselburgh.

Around 500 spectators attended the competition over the course of the day, with bands attending from Companies in Ayrshire, Dundee & Angus, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde, Dunfermline, South Lanarkshire and Edinburgh.

The bands performed for Councillor Jim Gillies, Depute Provost of East Lothian Council, Major General Mark Strudwick CBE, retired British Army officer and Bill Stevenson, Director for The Boys’ Brigade in Scotland.

Mr Stevenson said: “Once again each band displayed some exceptional skills and we all got the chance to hear some fantastic music. It was a great opportunity to see not only to see young people enjoying themselves, but the audience all entertained.
 
“Music continues to play an integral part in The Boys’ Brigade, and we can’t thank everyone involved enough for making the event such a special day.  It was evident how many very young band members there was this year. This gives us great encouragement for the development of music in The BB.”

The day’s top winners were: 1st Largs in the Mini Pipe Novice and Pipe Novice category, 6th/8th Dundee in the Pipe Championship class, 10th Leith in the Open Novice category and 4th Dunfermline in the Open Contest.

Scott Findlay, BB leader & bandmaster of the 6th/8th Dundee Company added: “Many of our recent former members have come together to be founder members of the City of Discovery Pipe band.  Many of these former members still support the BB band today as tutors and coaches.  In November, we are taking the band to Ypres in Belgium to perform at the Menin Gate ceremony.”


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