Whitburn Band rounded off an amazing year by winning the Scottish Open title for a fourth consecutive occasion. Playing Peter Graham’s Metropolis 1927 under the baton of Professional Conductor and Director of Music, Professor Nicholas Childs, the band delivered a performance that was described by the adjudicators as “world class”. The band’s soprano cornet player Scott Forrest also picked up the “Best
Instrumentalist award which is just reward for his many great performances this year. Professor Childs commented; “Special mention has to go to Scott for his marvellous award, everyone has worked hard throughout the year and we will use the feel good factor to propel ourselves for next year.”
2017 has been the most successful in the band’s history with victories in the Scottish Championship, The Grand Shield and Scottish Open; second place in the British Open and sixth at the National Championship. Band President David Kinross said “The band deserve these results for their hard work, I’m really proud to be associated with a team that pulls for each other in the way they do. All of our conductors and committee members have given them a platform that they’ve capitalised upon and it’s something that I think will grow again next year.”
The band return to the contest platform in March to defend their Scottish Championship title, something they haven’t been able to do since 1993. This will be followed by a visit to Utrecht in May to compete at the European Brass Band Championships.