Announcement of passing of David Kay

Wednesday 28 February 2018

It is with deep sadness that Dunaskin Doon Band has announced the death of its treasured friend and bandsman, David Kay, on Saturday 17 February in Ayr Hospital.

David passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and loved ones, after a short illness.

David first picked up trombone at the tender age of 11, joining the youth section of Galston Burgh Band. Following in his flugel-playing Dad’s footsteps, David quickly established himself as an accomplished trombonist. He played with a number of bands over the years including Loudoun Youth Band, Coalburn Silver Band, Barrhead Burgh Band, Dalmellington Band and most recently, Dunaskin Doon Band. He was a loyal and forward-thinking bandsman, always ready with an idea or suggestion to add that something extra to a performance. He served on the committees of Coalburn and Dunaskin bands and held the position of Vice-President at Dalmellington Band and Chairman at Barrhead.

David was always willing to lend a hand to fellow bands and enjoyed guest spots with Irvine and Dreghorn, Newmilns and Galston, Kinneil and Johnstone amongst others. The huge number of supportive messages from individuals and bands far and wide is testament to the high regard in which David was held. The family have found reading the messages and cards extremely emotional but are immensely comforted to know he was so highly thought of. They really appreciate those who have taken time to get in touch and those who have shared stories of happier times spent with David and the family.

David performing as part of a Dunaskin sextet


There are so many happy band memories of David to share – his solos were legendary at Dunaskin, if not always intentional. His Christmas concert attire was truly a sight to behold, worthy of any brass band fashionista, ticking all the boxes for colour, pattern, inducement of migraines and general festive cheer! He was always ready with a quip and an accompanying comedy sound effect on trombone to lighten the mood during rehearsals! And once he started giggling……resistance was futile!

Despite his larger than life character, David worked hard and was a wonderful musician. He was, quite simply, a gentleman. He was cheerful and kind, encouraging to younger band members, friendly and approachable with a cheeky, self-deprecating sense of humour. He would always go the extra mile when needed, without question. He was a shining example of a true bandsman with a heart of pure gold. His loss is huge to all who knew him. There really aren’t the words to describe how much the band will miss him. Our deepest thoughts remain with Gillian, Sammy, Margaret and the rest of the family as they begin to adjust to life without their beloved David.

For those who might wish to attend, David’s funeral will be held in Masonhill Crematorium, Ayr (KA6 6EN) on Monday 5 March at 3.30pm. Family flowers only please.

(Words: Fiona Waddington)