FP100 Fife bands 25. Tullis Russell Mills Band

Tullis Russell Mills Band 2013
Tullis Russell Mills Band 2013

Formed in 1919 to provide a social outlet for workers at the Tullis Russell paper mill in Markinch, the Mills Band have been a mainstay in the music scene across the Kingdom for nearly 100 years.

Since their inception the Tullis Russell Mills Band has gone from strength to strength and has enjoyed much success over the years under the leadership of many famous conductors, such as Drake Rimmer, Ray Farr, John Maines and Alan Morrison.

Even some of the world’s most outstanding players and tutors are products of ‘Tullis’, examples being John Wallace, John Millar and James Gourlay.

The band also takes great pride in the knowledge that it is the only surviving Mills band left in Scotland.

The band has been Scottish Champion on four occasions -1952 (Championship Section) under the directorship of Drake Rimmer; 1985 (3rd Section) under the baton of James Miller; 1995 (2nd Section) due to the dedication of the Musical Director, Bruce Davis; and 2006 (3rd Section) where the band was directed by world-renowned professional conductor Alan Morrison.

The highly respected band continue to play locally and nationally helping to ensure the future of the brass banding tradition in Scotland.