Remembrance Sunday 2020

2020 has been a difficult year for many. Though we are not able to come together as in previous years to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our armed services, we still remember.

The Last Post, played by Chloe Brown. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band.

Lest We Forget.

Last Post – Chloe Brown. 08 November 2020

The band are getting back together!

For the first time since March, the band are now allowed to start playing together again. It will not be the same as before as we will be have to put in a lot of new measures to continue to keep our players and communities safe.

The band committee are working hard to get this organised, and will release more information once it is available.

Our response to the Coronavirus pandemic

The MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band takes the health and wellbeing of it’s players as a priority. As such, we have decided to suspend all band rehearsals and engagements until further notice due to the uncertainty over coronavirus.

We currently don’t know how long such a suspension might last, and so upcoming engagements will be under review on a reguloar basis. We will provide updates as decisions are made about individual engagements and new information is released by the relevant authorities.

We look forward to being back together in the bandhall soon.

The Scottish Championships 2020

Our recent result at the 2020 Scottish Championships was disappointing for many of our players. However the committee would like to put forward our thanks to all players for the dedication they have shown in preparing for this competition, and to our Musical Director – George Cameron – for bringing the piece to life.

We do not believe our 9th place finish was in keeping with our performance on the day. However the adjudicators felt differently, and we respect this decision.

The band continues to develop a rich sound, and we look forward to future engagements and competitions to show that this result does not define us as a band.

Friends of the Band Christmas Concert

The annual Friends of the Band Christmas concert has been announced!

Taking place in the Loanhead Miners Club from 7.30pm on Wednesday the 4th December.

Tickets are available on the door at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions (students and under 18’s). Join us for a selection of seasonal music by the MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band as well as the Youth, Roots, and Rootlets bands too.

Fife Charities Brass Band Competition

The band competed at the 2019 Fife Charities Brass Band Competition that took part on the 28th September in the Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy.

The MactTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band on stage at the Fife Charities Brass Band Contest, September 28th 2019. (c) Julie Nicoll
The MacTaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band on stage at the Fife Charities Brass Band Contest, September 28th 2019. (c) Julie Nicoll

Drawn 17th (of 20) the band played the following pieces:

  • March: Imperial March, John Williams (arr Sandy Smith)
  • Hymn: Saint Clemant (arr Darrol Barry)
  • Test Piece: Vizcaya (arr Gilbert Vinter)

Although the result for the Test Piece was disappointing (score of 164, putting the band in 19th), results from the March (17th with 69 points) and Hymn (16th with 68 points) where much more positive and showed the work put into this display.

You can listen to the recording of the Tets Piece below.

The band will now work towards competing at the Borders Entertainment competition in early November.

Listen to the Band

Friends of the Band concert

The summer Friends of the Band concert is being held at the Loanhead Miners Club on the 30th May. Starting at 7.30pm, the Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band, conducted by Craig Savage, will play a range of well known tunes, with a number of featured soloists from across the band.

Also playing on the night will be the Loanhead Youth band and Loanhead Roots – both conducted by Alan Fernie.

Tickets are available on the door, and are priced at £6 (£3 concession).

We look forward to seeing you there.

Notice of Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The next Mactaggart Scott Loanhead Brass Band Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Thursday 10th of May, starting at 7.30pm.
The AGM will be held at the band hall, and will consist of:
  • Reports
    • Chairperson
    • Treasurer
  • The election of office holders:
    • Chairperson
    • Secretary
    • Treasurer
  • The election of Ordinary Members
  • Discuss any issues concerning members
  • Discuss upcoming engagements