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Scottish Championship section winners Whitburn have teamed up with their counterparts from the fourth section Dysart Colliery Silver Band in a year long association that will share best practice ideas across both bands.

Whitburn Band President David Kinross commented: “Our pathway system is delivering value into a number of local bands and we feel that helping the eco-system is vitally important for the good of the movement. I was really impressed with the way Dysart set out a vision to win their section at the Scottish and it’s something they achieved. We asked if they would be interested in us helping with their preparation for Cheltenham and it’s went from there. We’re looking forward to sharing ideas with their organisation and having some of our players help out with their preparation.”

The collaboration has been received warmly at Dysart, Ron Rye commented; “Dysart Colliery Silver Band are in the process of rebirth, tackling challenges that haven’t even been contemplated in recent memory. After our recent success in completing our vision for “Going for Gold” and winning the 4th Section we are starting out on a new journey – BELIEVE – where the goal will be to maximise the potential of the band both in performing at the National Championship of Great Britain and the 3rd Section. We don’t want to make up numbers, we want to challenge both the bands we play against and (most importantly) ourselves as we pursue what are new opportunities for a lot of the players who are joining us. When Whitburn came and offered what really is a banding mentorship – we grasped it with both hands; this is something new and a template that we think many bands in Scotland could follow and learn from. For ourselves, we want to learn, to grow, to succeed, but most importantly we want to make the most of the incredible opportunity we have to make music with some of the best players in Scotland, whether it is through rehearsal, concert or other means. And of course – a few extra friends and supporters won’t go amiss!”

Whitburn look forward to welcoming their friends from Fife this coming weekend as preparations continue for the Grand Shield under Professor Nicholas Childs.