Established in 1854, Lochgelly Band currently competes in the second section of Scottish brass banding. Under the baton of Paul McKelvie OBE, the band maintains a sensible diary of contests, concerts and community engagements. Friendly and welcoming, with promotion to the first section for the 2021 contesting season, we are always on the lookout for new players to join our team.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays (7.30-9.30pm) and Sundays (6-8pm)
Bandhall: 37 Russell Street, Lochgelly, KY5 9DD
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Blog Entry - Online Treats: A Very Lochgelly Christmas
Our little elves have been busy making something extra special for you. Like and follow on our Facebook Page or come visit our Youtube Channel for some feel-good tunes, starting on 14th December and leading right up to Christmas Day. A mixture of tunes and carols that are sure to lighten up your festive period.
Blog Entry - Band Update: Lochgelly in Lockdown
Fresh from the stage at Perth Concert Hall, the band – having just secured promotion to the 1st section – were already in planning mode for the remainder of 2020 and beyond. From the Scottish Open test piece selection to the logistics of a busy Christmas calendar, they were a band that was all set to ensure 2020 was ‘their year’.
Then lockdown hit…
As has been the case for so many brass bands, with the majority of the usual activities and engagements cancelled, the task of keeping the music alive and the players engaged presented an entirely new challenge.
With the added complication of being a band whose players come from as far south as the Borders, as far west as Oban and as far north as Dundee, keeping the community of musicians connected has required more than a modicum of creative thinking. And yet, even with all of these difficulties, Lochgelly have found time to have fun, to develop musically, and even gain some competition success against an international field.
Keeping the team together…
A key component of Lochgelly’s continued success and growth has been the desire to meet up and have fun together. Thanks to the ingenuity and organisation of various band members, games and quiz nights have been a roaring success combining intellectual versatility and comical production. The band have come together to watch live streamed musical events and sometimes, just meet up online for a chat into the wee small hours (beverages optional of course!)
Keeping the music alive…
Lochgelly haven’t been afraid to enter into the world of video performance and the growth in production quality and musical difficulty has been a marker of the rising confidence in the band’s ability to produce good music through a different medium. It all started with the supremely successful ‘L Factor’, an internal solo and ensemble competition which saw band members put together their own teams and videos of music that ranged from classical to pop. The enthusiasm to perform has been one of the real highlights of Lochgelly’s lockdown experience and the inclusivity of the programmes undertaken has meant that anyone who has wanted a chance has received it.
What soon became clear was that the band had a technical wizard in their midst waiting to take centre stage with his video editing and compilation skills… step forward Keven Anderson.
Following on from the L Factor, the band created a series of video performances with Keven providing arrangements of the jazzy Isn’t She Lovely, the soulful Crazy Little Thing Called Love and the pure comedy of YMCA. The band also released a poignant Nimrod as a tribute to VE Day, all videos skilfully crafted by Keven and released on the band’s online media, the results of which even made a virtual appearance in the VE Day celebrations of the South African Legion.
Of course, whilst personal practise and private performance are key in any band experience, we are still a movement that thrives on competition and challenge. There have been a number of opportunities for the band to test its mettle, starting with the Fodens virtual Whit Friday contest, in which Lochgelly performed The Contestor – a tricky little number that tested the individual prowess and skills of players (pictured). An overall 34th out of 90 entries wasn’t just a very respectable result that saw the band take a few higher section scalps, but it saw Lochgelly finish second in the 2nd section and placed the highest of the Scottish entries in the contest.
That contest experience would prove vital as the band would then make the bold decision to enter the Cory Online Brass Band Championships, an entertainment contest that drew entries from around the globe. The 2nd section saw nine bands compete from Scotland, England, Wales and Norway and was a highly competitive field that produced some excellent submissions of high quality. With a programme containing El Es El Senor, Share My Yoke and Balkan Dance, Lochgelly took the prize of 2nd Section Champions and collected trophies for Most Entertaining Band, Best Bass Section and Best Percussion Section.
So what’s next?
Following their latest Remembrance tribute, the band intend to start work on preparing a virtual Christmas concert which they hope to share not just online but also with the venues and communities that normally support them during the festive period.
With the life of banding in disruption for the foreseeable future – and with next year’s regionals having been cancelled – Lochgelly are planning for their future based on what has been achieved so far, so the hard work continues.
The band wish to thank everyone who has been involved in their progress and development during what has proved to be one of the most challenging periods in brass band history – from the committee, MD Paul McKelvie OBE, Keven Anderson and resident Zoom and quiz masters to the players themselves whose level of commitment to the cause has been remarkable and something to be very proud of
Of course, further thanks go to those who have supported the band throughout lockdown – from the online community (banding and beyond) to the many neighbours who have endured countless outtakes that led to the final performances.
The kinship of Lochgelly Band hasn’t just survived, it has flourished with each text, each Facebook or WhatsApp message and each Zoom meet-up. What the band have achieved in the past eight months gives great reason to be optimistic for the future and we hope by telling our story, we can give hope and perhaps even a little inspiration to our fellow bands in these unprecedented times.
Blog Entry - Scottish Championships
The band had a successful day yesterday at the Scottish Brass Band Association Championships in Perth, finishing 3rd place in the 2nd Section, and securing promotion to the 1st Section for the 2021 season.
We'd like to say a big thanks to SBBA for the smooth running of events on the day and all the work that goes on behind the scenes, and congratulations to our fellow bands who were competing over the course of the weekend.
Blog Entry - Borders Entertainment Contest
That's the band home from a successful day at the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association Contest in Kelso, where the band came away as Overall Winners, and scooped up Best 2nd Section Band and Best Percussion Section, with our principal cornet Lynsey Mcilwraith picking up Best Solo Cornet to finish the day with a bang!
Thanks to the SBBBA for the smooth running of the day, and congratulations to all other bands who took part.
19/20 Feb, 26/27 Feb, 5/6 Mar - Cory Online Brass Band Championships 2021
Online - December - Virtual Christmas Concert