Buckhaven band has everything to play for

Buckhaven and Methil band members
Buckhaven and Methil band members
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THE tension is mounting for Buckhaven and Methil Miners’ Brass Band as this year’s Scottish Championships approach.

The band will play ‘Olympus’, a piece composed specially by Philip Harper for Britain’s Olympic year, at the competition in Glenrothes.

Trombone player Alastair Maclean said: “We’re always hopeful. We’ve been practising the song since the start of the new year and I don’t think we’ll be in a rush to perform it once the competition is over.”

Despite the challenge of practising one piece to perfection, conductor David Neil said rehearsals were going well.

He added: “We’re nervous of course and now, with the competition so close, the anticipation is building. It’s a highlight of the year for us.”

The band is currently ranked in the third section, out of five categories ranging from the championship to the fourth section.

Should the band reach the top two on March 10, it will be promoted to the second section and travel to Cheltenham to play in the UK-wide championships. However, should it finish in the bottom two of the section, the band will face demotion.

With everything to play for, the band has been rehearsing twice weekly and invited professional conductor Archie Hutchison to lend a second ear and offer some tips.

The Scottish Championships will be held this Saturday and Sunday at the Rothes Hall in Glenrothes.