FP100 Fife bands 69. Buckhaven & Methil Miners’ Brass Band

Buckhaven & Methil Miners Brass Band
Buckhaven & Methil Miners Brass Band

Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band is part of a history of colliery bands stretching back to the early part of the last century.

Since then, the musicians have kept up a significantly high standard of playing in competitions, championships and special events around the country, in various sections of the Scottish association.

The ex-Buckhaven Town Band was formed in 1905, competing at all levels, amalgamating with Wellesley Colliery in 1976 to become Buckhaven & Methil Miners Band.

Its latest incarnation is still keeping the teachings and traditions of brass banding alive.

In 1982, 1987, 1993 and 1997, Buckhaven finished in the top two of the Scottish championship, to qualify for the national championships. The musicians still compete at the national mineworkers’ championships in Blackpool every year.

Various events, such as the production of a CD and a 2002 local master class with Robert Childs continued to generate interest and keep the band’s enthusiasm fresh.

And with Buckhaven being one of the few Fife bands still teaching youngsters in the form of junior training, the stalwarts hope their style will stay alive for many more generations to come.