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New solo horn at Whitburn

Saturday 9 October, 2021

There’s a new solo horn player at Whitburn Band, following the appointment to the seat of Andrew McMillan.

Andrew, 18, originally joined the West Lothian band in the first horn seat in the summer and has now moved up to the solo seat after Alison Hall decided to step down – she will occupy the first horn seat instead.

Originally from Campbeltown, Andrew grew up playing with Campbeltown Brass and the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, with which he is principal horn. He was Scottish junior solo champion in 2015 and 2016, and the intermediate champion in 2020. 

Andrew relocated to Glasgow in the summer of 2020, where he is studying tenor horn at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. He said: “I am delighted to have been named the new solo horn at Whitburn. It is a great honour and I am looking forward to all the challenges ahead.”

Charlie Farren, Whitburn Band chairman, added: “Alison is a terrific player for Whitburn Band, and everyone in the band wants to thank her for her fantastic playing in the solo horn seat for these past few years. 

“We are very pleased to appoint Andrew as the band’s new solo horn player, and look forward to hearing him perform with us in the future.”

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