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2017 Land O' Burns contest cancelled

Monday 3 April, 2017

It has been announced that the 2017 Land O’ Burns - Brass in Concert contest, due to be held in August, has been cancelled. The news comes as yet another blow to the Scottish brass band contesting calendar, following the apparent demise of the West Lothian Challenge contest. 

Staged annually by the Dalmellington Band in Troon Concert Hall for the last 22 years, Land O' Burns has been a favourite for many in the Scottish brass band scene but, due to financial constraints, the organising committee have decided to cancel this year’s event.

On behalf of the host Dalmellington Band, Archie Hutchison commented: “South Ayrshire Council, the major sponsors of the event for many years, is suffering the same reduction in funding as every other Council in the country, and simply hasn’t got the means to support us this year. Attempts to find funding from an alternative source have failed to materialise, and we have, as a result, decided to cancel.”

It is hoped that the contest can be restored to the Scottish banding calendar in 2018 with Archie continuing: “We hope to research other funding possibilities in the ensuing year, with a view to re-installing the contest in 2018. In the meantime, the committee would like to thank bands for their support over the years, the Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) for their overseeing of the many managerial aspects of contesting, and the army of volunteers who have ensured the smooth running of our contest for such a long period of time.”