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GCB Reaches high peak

It was back to the Scottish Championships on Saturday for Granite City Brass, as the band headed to Perth to showcase the quality around the stands.


After last year's Scottish placing of 7th, the band knew that they had to achieve 7th or better to retain 1st section status. And boy did the band rise to the occasion! Not only retaining 1st section status, but managing to achieve some parallels to the 2014 win, this time with Principal Cornet Allan Wilson receiving the best Instrumentalist award. There is a fine musical standard within the band, with principal players receiving the best intrumentalist award many times since it was introduced by SBBA in 2006.


Bruce Wallace (Conductor) & Allan Wilson (Principal Cornet) with Awards
Bruce Wallace (Conductor) & Allan Wilson (Principal Cornet) with Awards

The judges celebrated the musicality and sensitivity to the music saying 'A fine performance on a difficult piece. This was very musical and so well organised' and 'Lots to enjoy in this performance, especially the fine solo cornet... Thank you for your sympathetic & musical approach to this masterwork'.


Further success and congratulations to Kirkintilloch who won the section (with Allan Wilson's twin brother performing), and to Bon-Accord and Bon-Accord B who took 3rd and 1st in their respective sections.




Place

Band

Conductor

Points

1

The Kirkintilloch Band

Hedley Benson

192

2

Granite City Brass

Bruce Wallace

190

3

Bo'ness and Carriden

Charlie Farren

189

4

Dunaskin Doon

Ralph Brill

187

5

Newtongrange Silver

Anne Crookston

186

6

Lochgelly Band

Chris Shanks

184

7

Johnstone

Joshua Parkhill

182

8

Newmilns & Galston

Alan Friel

181

9

Irvine & Dreghorn

John Boax

180


Thomas Macaulay Memorial Trophy (Best Horn

Allan Wardrope (Kirkintilloch Band)

Best Instrumentalist (Cornet)

Allan Wilson (Granite City Brass)



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