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Kirkintilloch withdraws from Scottish Championships

Tuesday 13 February, 2018

Five-time Scottish Champion Kirkintilloch Band has announced its withdrawal from this year’s Scottish Championships, to be held at Perth Concert Hall on 10-11 March, citing lack of players in its current line-up.

A statement from the band read: ‘Due to a combination of factors beyond our control, The Kirkintilloch Band regretfully announces that it will be unable to compete at the Scottish Championships in Perth next month. Although there remains a very committed core group of players the band has been unable to fill a number of key vacancies (including principal cornet and principal euphonium) in time to field a band that would maintain the standards expected of The Kirkintilloch Band.’

Having exhausted all possibilities, the band committee has reluctantly decided on this course of action to focus on retaining the band’s position in the Grand Shield in Blackpool in May. It is hoped that this will allow time for the band to recruit replacements to fill the vacant seats and ensure a full return to the contesting arena thereafter.’

Scottish Brass Band Association President Carrie Boax commented to BB: “Whilst Kirkintilloch has decided not to participate and will be greatly missed at our National Championships, I would support the words from the band’s statement and wish the band, with its long, distinguished history spanning over some 127 years, our full support as it works hard to rebuild in time for the spring Festival in May.”