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Dysart rise through the ranks

Sunday 10 December, 2017

As Dysart Colliery Silver Band makes its way into the 3rd Section for the first time in 50 years, the band has revealed its new conductor, Kenneth Letham. Graduating in the class of 2002 from the RSAMD (now the Royal Conservatoire for Scotland), Kenny quickly rose up the ranks playing trombone with Lochgelly, Kelty, Kingdom Brass, Bo’ness and Carriden and Co-operative Funeralcare bands before moving his playing to cruise ships all over the world. He currently works as a brass instructor in schools throughout Fife. Kenny’s conducting career has included taking the baton at Lochgelly, where he competed in both the Senior Trophy and the Championship Section of the Scottish Championships; Shotts St. Patrick’s with which he won the Fife Brass Band Festival in 2015 and MacTaggart Scott Loanhead, with which he oversaw a return to, and growth in, the 3rd Section.

Speaking of his return to the baton, Kenny stated: “It had been my intention to take a break from conducting; that lasted all of one month, but coming to help out over the Christmas period inspired me. There is a lot of potential here and I wanted to see how far we could progress.”

Rev. Ron Rye, solo euphonium and media co-ordinator, commented: “Kenny has undeniable musicianship and a pedigree that speaks of both a desire to win and also bring out the best from the players he leads. He is a teacher as well as a conductor and for the varying backgrounds that make up our band, it was this unique makeup that appealed to us. This, coupled with his work ethic, were the reasons why he slotted into our ensemble and we are excited about the future as we enter into the 3rd Section.”