Our band was founded in January 2010, when a few officers and boys who already played instruments got together to do some music-making on Wednesday evenings. Since then, we’ve expanded and got a lot better, and we now have over 40 boys involved in learning, playing and performing brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as both a concert band and marching band.
The band plays regularly at prestigious venues such as Edinburgh Castle, Perth Concert Hall, Glasgow City Chambers, Dunfermline Abbey, Stirling Castle and, of course, our own Dunblane Cathedral and St. Blane’s Church, at which we often accompany worship for weekly or special services. At various points during the year, we perform in public venues to entertain, such as our Christmas carols at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Bo’ness Steam Railway, Dunblane Hydro and Edinburgh Airport. Recently, the band has begun to take part in competitions, both within and outwith Boys’ Brigade. They gained a Silver Plus award at the Scottish Concert Bands Festival in 2017 and also won the Contest Class at the BB Scottish Bands Contest the same year.
Tuition is provided in brass, woodwind and percussion for boys from P6 upwards on Wednesday evenings. The training band for learners meets from 6.45-7.30pm and the main band rehearsal runs from 7.30-9.00pm each week. We have a rehearsal weekend away each Spring to provide some concentrated work before big performances, such as our 2018 Spring Concert, taking place on Sunday 18th March.
If you would like to get involved in the band, or you’d like to book us for a public event or parade, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you straight away.