West of Scotland BBA

Honorary President: 

President: Carrie Boax | Telephone: 07769260912

Secretary: Lesley Crumlish

Treasurer: Jean Mullin

Further information from Lesley Crumlish  wosabba1@outlook.com 



2024 solo and ensemble contest: 3 February at Bellshill Salvation Army


Kirkie top of the tree in Troon
Saturday 26 August 2023

Well done to The Kirkintilloch Band on winning the West of Scotland Entertainment Contest in fine style.

The first section band beat two championship outfits to take the top prize in the Walker Halls, Troon.

Kirkie’s winning programme opened up with Four Minute Mile, composed by Judith Bingham. There then followed a quintet for two baritones and three trombones, entitled Emendemus in Melius (William Byrd).

Get Happy and Over the Rainbow from the Judy Garland Suite (arr. Andy Austin) came next before a rendition of Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium.

Phoenix from War of the Worlds by Peter Graham brought the programme to a rousing conclusion.

The contest was adjudicated by Phil Rosier and he assessed the performances of each band’s 20-minute programme as follows:

1. The Kirkintilloch Band (Hedley Benson) 92pts

2. Newtongrange Silver (Anne Crookston) 90pts

3. Dalmellington (Mareika Gray) 88pts

4. Newmains & District (Paul McKelvie) 86pts

5. Dunaskin Doon (Paul Drury) 85pts

6. Renfrew Burgh (Mark Good) 82pts

7. Broburn & Livingston (Bryan Allen) 80pts

8. Johnstone (Raymond Tennant) 78pts

9. Kilmarnock Concert Brass (Scott Walker) 71pts

10. Clackmannan District (Paul Drury) 70pts

11. Shotts St Patrick’s (Andy Shaw) 69pts

Best solo cornet – Anna Linzi (Newmains & District)

Alex McCutcheon Memorial Quaich for best bass section – Ross Mercer, Alastair Boag, Ian Squince and Dean Logan (Kirkintilloch)

James and Mary Stewart Award for most entertaining programme – Renfrew Burgh

Best first section band – Kirkintilloch

Best second section band – Renfrew Burgh

Best third section band – Shotts St Patrick’s







WOS Solo & Ensemble contest held in the Salvation Army Hall in Kilmarnock on Saturday 25th October. with an entry of 20 soloists and six ensembles a good standard of playing was heard by adjudicator Eoin Tonner, the accompanist was Alan Hastie

Results Junior Ensembles
Draw - Band - Award - Place

1 Coalburn Bronze gold 2
2 Campbeltown Junior Quintet gold 1

Junior Solos
Draw - Name & Instrument - School/Band - Award - Place

1 Caius Walker-Trombone Campbeltown Brass SILVER
2 Jack Archibald-Euphonium Coalburn Bronze Band SILVER
3 Euan Court-Eb Bass Coalburn Bronze Band gold 3
4 Niamh McLellan-Baritone Campbeltown Brass BRONZE
5 Kyle Patterson-Tenor Horn Campbeltown Brass gold
6 Sarah Jamieson-Cornet Dalmellington Junior Band BRONZE
7 Erin Black-Cornet Kirkintilloch Junior Band SILVER
8 Aimee Wilson-Cornet Dalmellington Junior Band BRONZE
9 Erin McLellan-Cornet Campbeltown Brass gold 1
10 Amy Paterson-Tenor Horn Campbeltown Brass gold 2

Intermediate Ensembles
Draw - Band/School - Award - Place

1 Cambeltown Brass A GOLD 1
2 Campbeltown Brass B GOLD 2

Intermediate Solos
Draw - Name & Instrument - School/Band - Award - Place

1 Calum Blair-Trumpet Barrhead Burgh Band GOLD 2
2 Olivia McCutcheon-Euphonium Dalmellington Band GOLD 1
3 Suen Yee Walker-Baritone Campbeltown Brass BRONZE
4 Owen Pickering-Bass Trombone Campbeltown Brass SILVER 3
5 Emma Blain-Tenor Horn Dalmellington Band SILVER
6 Paul Jamieson-Bb Bass Dalmellington band SILVER

Youth Ensembles
Draw - Band/School - Points - Place

1 Dalmellington Band A 97 1
2 Dalmellington Band B 80 2

Youth Solos
Draw - Name & Instrument - School/Band - Points - Place

1 Lynsey Brown-Cornet Dalmellington Band 81 3
2 Rebecca Wilson-Cornet Dalmellington Band 90 1
3 Duncan McCluskie-Bb Bass Dalmellington Band 80 4
4 Karin McKenzie-Tenor Horn Dalmellington Band W/D
5 Dan Eddison-Trombone Dalmellington Band 88 2
6 Fiona Kennedy-Cornet Dalmellington Band W/D

First 3 in each section qualify for the Besson Solo & Ensemble Finals
On 7/8 February 2015 in Howden Park Centre Livingston


Next event the area Brass@Bard Youth Band Contest - date still to be confirmed



Message from Carrie Boax President of WOSBBA - 18th July 2014

Hi folks
It is with great delight that I am pleased to announce that Laura Galbraith has accepted the invitation to stand as secretary for our association. I am certain that Laura shall be a valuable asset to the committee and look forward to working together on future projects.

Honorary President – James Stewart

President - Carrie Boax
Secretary - Laura Galbraith
Treasurer - Jean Mullin

Committee - Tom Allan, Andrew Smith, Peter Fraser, Robert McCorkell, others to be co-opted.




RESULTS Solo & Ensemble 26th October 2013 in Kilmarnock, Adjudicator Alan Fernie, Accompanist Alan Hastie
Held in the Salvation Army Hall Kilmarnock on Saturday 26th October, Adjudicator Alan Fernie

Junior Solos

Draw - Name & Instrument - School/Band - Award - Place
1 Amy Paterson-Flugel Horn Campbeltown Brass Gold 3
2 Euan Court-Eb Bass Coalburn Bronze Band Gold 2
3 Erin McLellan-Cornet Campbeltown Brass Gold 1
4 Sarah Jamieson-Cornet Dalmellington Gold
5 Hannah Oman-Cornet Campbeltown Brass W/D
6 Erin Black-Cornet Kirkintilloch Youth Band Silver
7 Siobhan Crumlish-Cornet Brass Sounds Inverclyde Silver

Intermediate Solos

Draw - Name & Instrument - School/Band - Award - Place
1 Rebecca Wilson-Cornet Dalmellington Band Gold 1
2 Innes Roy-Euphonium Campbeltown Brass Gold 2
3 Olivia McCutcheon-Euphonium Dalmellington Band Silver
4 Owen Pickering-Bass Trombone Campbeltown Brass Gold 3
5 Erin Jones-Cornet Dalmellington Silver

Intermediate Ensemble

Coalburn Bronze Band Gold 1

Youth Solos

Draw - Name & Instrument - Points - Place
1 Lynsay Brown-Cornet 97 1
2 Duncan McCLuskie-Bb Bass 96 2
3 David McLean-EbBass W/D
4 Amy Leitch-Cornet W/D


Future Events for West of Scotland Band Association

Saturday 25th October Area Solo & Ensemble Contest
in Kilmarnock Salvation Army





Brass @ the Bard's 2013

Contestants and Performance Times

Novice Section (commences 11.00)
1. Coalburn Bronze
2. Levern Valley Community Brass

Preparatory Section (commences 11.50)
1. South Ayrshire Youth Brass Band B
2. Riverside Youth Preparatory Band
3. Gorbals Youth Brass Band
4. KIrkintilloch Junior Band

Development Section (commences 13.15)
1. South Ayrshire Youth Brass Band
2. Kirkintilloch Youth Band
3. Creetown Junior Band
4. Argyll Brass

Senior Section (commences 15.00)
1. Dalmellington Junior
2. Riverside Youth Senior Band

Awards at 15.50

You should be at the venue in good time for your performance.

SN Percussion Ltd Instrument Hire
(Based in Livingston, West Lothian)
Tel: 07711 956308 e-mail: snpercussion@gmail.com
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Brass at the Bards Youth Contest

Sunday 24th March

List of Percussion provided:

Majestic Timpani x 4 (23", 26", 29", 32")

Timpani Stool

JAM Glockenspiel (2 ½ Octave, Wide Bar)

Adams Xylophone (3 ½ Octave)

Yamaha FRP Orchestral Snare Drum (13") & Stand

Majestic Concert Bass Drum (32")

Dream Energy Clash Cymbals & Cradle (18")

Dream Energy Suspended Cymbals (16" & 18")

Dream Chau Tam Tam & Stand (32")

Pearl Export 5 Piece Drum Kit with Zildjian ZXT Pro Cymbals

Trap Trays x 4


Contest Details

Contest Venue
The contest will be held within the dramatic new Burns Birthplace Museum. This is the first time we have used this facility, and ask for your patience and forbearance should any unexpected difficulties arise. For the benefit of your bus driver's satellite navigation system, the full address is:

Burns Birthplace Museum
Murdoch's Lone,
South Ayrshire
01292 443700

There is sufficient parking for 5-6 buses at the Museum complex, with overflow parking available at Burns Cottage (800 metres away).

The Contest Area
The contest will be held in an outdoor roofed area at the rear of the main building. It will be excellent if the weather is fine, as well as dry if it rains. However, if conditions are cold on the day, your players should wear appropriate clothing.

Warm-up will be on-stage, prior to performing, and each band is allocated up to five minutes for this.

After performing
Because of pressure of space, your band should immediately return instruments and other equipment to your bus, so you should ensure that you have your diver's mobile number.

Players and Adult Tickets
Bandsmen's Wristbands are available at a cost of £2. Accompanying Adult and Child
Wristbands are available at a cost of £5 and £2 respectively. All of these include
entry to both the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the Robert Burns Cottage.
You should note that, for entry to the Museum or Cottage, those under the age of 16
must be accompanied by a responsible person. Wristbands should be ordered from
me soon (with the appropriate payment) for them to be available on your arrival. This
will also help the Museum caterers with their numbers.

This should be sent to me by 15 March.
You should note that my address is slightly different from that on the web-site:
Professor Raymond Thomson
Flat 7/1
82 Templeton Street
G40 1EE Telephone 0141 552 0282


RESULTS of West of Scotland Solo & Ensemble
Kilmarnock Salvation Army Saturday 27th October 2012

Adjudicator Anne Crookston - Accompanist Alan Hastie

Junior Solos
Name & Instrument - School/Band - Draw - Result
Iona McVicar-Horn Campbeltown Brass 1 - Gold - 2nd place
Amy Paterson-Flugel Horn Campbeltown Brass 2 - Gold - 3rd Place
Emma Blain Dalmellington 3 - Silver
Lucy Kerr-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 4 - Silver
Morgan Tait-Cornet Airdrie Academy 5 - Bronze
Erin McLellan-Cornet Castlehill PS Campbeltown 6 - Bronze
Sarah Jamieson Dalmellington 7 - Bronze
Caius Walker-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 8 - Bronze
James Walker Dalmellington 9 - Bronze
Archie McVicar - Eb Bass Campbeltown Brass 10 - Gold 1st
Suen Yee Walker-Baritone Campbeltown Junior Brass 11 - Silver
Olivia McCutcheon Dalmelington 12 - Silver

Intermediate Ensemble
Band/School - Draw
Campbeltown Junior Brass B 1 - Silver - 2nd
Dalmellington 2 - Gold - 1st
Campbeltown Junior Brass A - Bronze - 3rd

Intermediate Solos
Name & Instrument - School/Band - Draw

Tanya McDonald-Cornet Campbeltown Brass 1 - W/D
Paul Jamieson-Cornet Dalmellington 2 - Bronze
Fiona Kennedy-Cornet Dalmellington 3 - Silver
Lynsay Brown-Cornet Dalmellington 4 - Gold - 1st
Innes Roy-Euphonium Campbeltown Junior Brass 5 - Gold - 3rd
Rachel Jones-Cornet Dalmellington 6 - Gold - 2nd
Beth Mitchell-Horn Dalmelington 7 - Silver
Owen Pickering-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 8 - Silver
Rebecca Wilson-Cornet Dalmelington 9 - Gold
Jayne Crawford-Cornet Caldervale High 10 - Silver
Clair Getchell-Euphonium Caldervale High 11 - Silver

Youth Ensemble
Dalmellington 1 - 190

Youth Solos
Name & Instrument - Draw
- Result
Scott Kerr-Newmilns & Galston-Euph 1 - 190 - 3rd
Amy Leitch - Co-operative - Cornet 2 W/D
Calum Tonner-Kirkintilloch-Cornet 3 - 196 - 1st
Duncan McLuskie-Dalmellington- Bb Bass 4 - 188
Chris Robertson-Kirkintilloch- Euph 5 - 191 - 2nd




Message from Carrie Boax President of WOSBBA

Hi folks
It is with great delight that I am pleased to announce that Raymond Thomson has accepted the invitation to stand as secretary for our association. I am certain that Raymond shall be a valuable asset to the committee and look forward to working together our future projects.

Raymond Thomson Secretary WOSBBA

West of Scotland Band Association committee at 20th January 2012

Honorary President - James Stewart

President - Carrie Boax
Secretary - Raymond Thomson
Treasurer - Jean Mullin

Committee - Tom Allan, Andrew Smith, Peter Fraser, Robert McCorkell, others to be co-opted.




Report on West of Scotland Brass Band Association Open Workshop with Philip Harper

20111105162420.jpg - Philip Harper

The workshop with Philip Harper on 14th January went very well, only disappointment was the number of people who attended. About 60 people in all attended over the morning and afternoon sessions,  this excellent workshop was organised jointly by the West of Scotland Band Association and the Scottish area of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, but many more bands could have benefited from the excellent presentations from Philip Harper.

The West of Scotland Association would like to thank Brian Deans for his organisation of the workshop, which was organised for all bands in Scotland. Thanks also to the Johnstone Silver Band for their contribution.

Peter Fraser has kindly agreed to represent The WOS on the SBBA executive, Brian Deans recently stepped down from WOS committee,  thanks to Brian for his hard work and dedication to WOSBBA whilst in post as secretary since May 2011. His driving force is a loss to the organisation and we wish him every success for the future.


On Saturday 14th January 2012 the West of Scotland Brass Band Association is promoting an Open Workshop

for bands throughout Scotland covering two of the chosen test-pieces for the Scottish Championships 2012.

The event will be held in The National Piping Centre in Glasgow and the guest for the day will be Philip Harper the composer of the 3rd section work, Olympus. As well as covering his own composition, Philip will also be working on Cross Patonce by Goff Richards, the choice for the 2nd section.

A morning session (10.30 - 12.30) will work on Cross Patonce and an afternoon session (1.30 - 3.30) will be on Philip's own music Olympus. It's planned each work and will include preparing and rehearsing the piece, points of interest from both adjudicating and conducting aspects and an insight into the background of the work.

The No.6 Area of the NABBC is helping to promote the event and there will be breakout sessions for members of the Association.

The Workshop is open to all interested parties, players and conductors, and both Associations are keen to encourage a large attendance for this unique experience of working with the composer of one of the set works.

For further information contact West of Scotland BBA Chairman Carrie Boax on chboax@gmail.com



RESULTS of the Solo & Ensemble contest held on 29th October 2011

Junior Ensembles
1. Levern Valley Community Brass

Junior Solos
1. Iona McVicar (Campbeltown Brass)
2. Jayne Crawford (Caldervale High School)
3. Ewan Howie (Levern Valley Community Brass)

Gold Awards
Archie McVicar (Cambeltown Brass)
Innes Roy (Campbeltown Brass)

Silver Awards
Emma Bannatyne (Campbeltown Brass)
Owen Pickering (Cambeltown Brass)
Kirsten Souter (Campbeltown Brass)
Morgan Tait (Dunrobin Primary School)

Bronze Awards
Louise Sneddon (Dunrobin Primary School)
Erin Jones (Dalmellington Juniors)
Rowan Cook (Caldervale High School)
Emma Blain (Dalmellington Juniors)

Intermediate Ensembles
1. Campbeltown Brass Juniors
2. Dalmellington Cornets
3. Campbeltown Brass Trombones

Intermediate Solos
1. Rebecca Wilson (Dalmellington Juniors)
2. Lynsey Brown (Dalmellington Juniors)
3. Erin McSporran (Campbeltown Brass)
4. Rachael Jones (Dalmellington Juniors)

Gold Awards
Aimilia Chute (Campbeltown Brass)
Keiran Purdie (Dalmellington Juniors)

Silver Awards
Andrew Barclay (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Hannah Godfrey (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Gabriele Brownlie (Levern Valley Community Brass)
Sally Chute (Campbeltown Juniors)
Amber Dunn (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Fiona Kennedy (Dalmellington Juniors)
Christopher McCloy (Levern Valley Community Brass)
Eilidh McKenzie (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Beth Mitchell (Dalmellington Juniors)
Euan Mitchell (Dalmellington Juniors)

Youth Ensembles
1. Dalmellington Basses 92 points

Youth Solos
1. Amy Leitch (Irvine & Dreghorn) 96 points
2. David McLean (Dalmellington Juniors) 95 points
3. Duncan McLuskie (Dalmellington Juniors) 93 points


Committee remember there is a Meeting on Monday 3rd October in Paisley Scout Hall at 7.30 p.m.

 Area qualifying event for the Besson Solos & Ensembles competition.

REMINDER The closing date for entry is Friday 7th October

The qualifying event this year will be held on Saturday 29th October 2011 in the Salvation Army Hall, Sturrock Street, Kilmarnock
 KA1 3AH.

The adjudicator has been confirmed as Allan Ramsay and the accompanist as Alan Hastie.

The first 3 in each section will qualify for the 2012 Finals to be held in Livingston in February.

The order of play will be as follows:

1. Under 12's Ensemble
2. Under 16's Ensemble
3. Under 21's Ensemble
4. Under 12's Solo
5. Under 16's Solo
6. Under 21's Solo

The competition will commence at 11.45am with the warm-up area being available from 11.30am.

The closing date for entry is Friday 7th October 2011.

This is also the closing date for adjudicator copies of solo and ensemble music. If you wish to use the services of the official Accompanist can you please ensure that piano accompaniments are also submitted by this date.

There will be a piano available for those soloists using their own accompanist and a CD player will be provided for those using a CD accompaniment.



If you have any questions or queries regarding the competition please do not hesitate to contact me  by e-mail to briandeans@btinternet.com

Entry form for Ensemble Contest

Entry form for Solo Contest



West of Scotland Brass Band Association
Minute of Committee Meeting - 15 August 2011
Barrhead Sports Centre

1. Welcome and Apologies
The President opened the meeting by welcoming everyone along to the first meeting of the new committee.

Carrie Boax, Jim Stewart, Jean Mullin, Peter Fraser, Tom Allan, Andrew Smith, George Mullin and Brian Deans

Robert McCorkell

2. Financial Report
The Treasurer gave a brief summary of income and expenditure.

3. Minutes from Previous Meeting of 16 May 2011
Proposed by Jean Mullin, and seconded by Andrew Smith

4. Matters Arising
There were no matters arising

5. Solos & Ensembles
Allan Ramsay confirmed as Adjudicator and Alan Hastie confirmed as Accompanist.
Entry fees were set at £5 for solos and £10 for ensembles. Admission will be £2 and £1 and there will be a Donation Programme.
Dates for sending out and the return of Entry Forms were agreed, as was the date for sending in music and accompaniments.
Catering was confirmed.
Possibility of a Trade Stand being set up and souvenir photographs was discussed.
JS and AS to check the number and whereabouts of Trophies.

6. Area Brass Band
It was decided that CB and BD should accept an invitation to attend the WoSSO/WoSCB concert on Tuesday 30 August. This will give them the opportunity to meet with the Trustees of the WoS and report back at the next meeting.
A number of different models for the formation of a band were discussed.

7. Youth Band Contest
Co-op Funeralcare had approached BD about the possibility of them sponsoring a Youth Band Contest in the West of Scotland. A meeting was arranged at which a number of ideas were discussed. It was agreed that this was an excellent opportunity and that BD should continue the dialogue and report back at the next meeting.

8. A.O.C.B
A discussion took place about availability of Grant Funding took place. More information to be requested.

Date and time of next meeting: Monday 3 October at 7.30pm - Venue: Scout Hall, Paisley (TBC)


NEWSLETTER from Secretary Brian Deans

This is just a note to let you know that, with your help, the West of Scotland Brass Band Association is attempting to rise from the ashes!

At the recent AGM a new President and Secretary were appointed, Carrie Boax as President and myself, Brian Deans, as Secretary. Along with the rest of the committee we are determined to make it a success but we can only achieve this with the support of all member bands.

I think we can all agree that the days of Strathclyde Charities etc. etc. are behind us and the focus is very much on junior and youth bands. As well as continuing our very successful Solo & Ensemble competition, the committee have decided to look at the feasibility of holding a Youth Contest for bands throughout the country perhaps incorporating some kind of masterclass/workshop. Please forward to me any ideas you may have regarding this initiative.

There is also some devolved funding available through SBBA for youth projects. We are aware of some very successful work carried out in recent years in this respect and we would hope to support further ventures. If you have any plans for workshops/masterclasses etc can you please send me details of your project to enable the committee to make a decision on how the devolved funding can be disbursed fairly throughout the WoSBBA area.


Next Area Association Meeting - Monday 15th August 2011 at 7.30pm Venue - TBA

WoSBBA Solos & Ensembles - Saturday 29th October 2011 Venue - Salvation Army Citadel, Kilmarnock