A brass band, which has its origins as far back as 1905, has made a rousing appeal for new band members.
Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band – which started life as Buckhaven Town Band nearly 110 years ago, before partnering with Wellesley Colliery in 1976 – is keen to attract new brass players to its ensemble after losing some members recently.
Jim Hyslop, chairman, said: “Some of our older players have left to go into further education, or have simply moved away, so we’re appealing to anyone who would like to play or learn an instrument, especially cornet players – they are essential, as we have just lost four of ours.”
The band has also received £1000 from the Scottish Coal Industry Special Welfare Fund to start up a new beginners class and to improve the band.
The call for members isn’t just to experienced brass players, who may have experience of playing at school or in other bands – the committee is more than willing to welcome new members to the ranks, and instruments and uniforms will be provided.
“As a miners band, we hold that connection dear,” said Jim. “And as a miners band, it was to be free for all and open to all. We just have to charge a nominal amount to go towards electricity, etc. now.”
The band currently has around 30 musicians in its senior band and 22 in the junior band, with ages ranging from eight to 89. There are members from across the area, from Kennoway to Lundin Links and along to the Wemyss, and some even come from as far as Alloa and Clackmannan.
it has just recently enjoyed great success at the Northern Counties Contest in Kinross and at the Fife Brass Band Festival, and now have a busy summer schedule ahead, appearing at the Beamish Museum in County Durham, the East Calder Gala and the Dunfermline Children’s Gala to name a few.
The band will be taking a break over the summer, but anyone interested in joining is asked to get in touch ASAP.
“I’ve been a member of the band for 55 years, it’s been my whole life and I even met my wife through the band. You make friendships for life and get the chance to go to events and meet other band people too,” added Jim.
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