Kilmarnock’s show of gratitude to retiring MD Scott WalkerFriday 17 November 2023
Members of Kilmarnock Concert Brass took advantage of their last full rehearsal before the Band Supplies Scottish Challenge last night to say a huge ‘thank you’ to musical director Scott Walker who is standing down from the post after the band’s participation at tomorrow’s contest in Perth.
Scott was presented with a framed photograph of the players, taken at last year’s National Finals in Cheltenham, which included a poem, written by the band’s very own bard, percussionist Brian Rutherford, charting the conductor’s leadership over the past eight years, taking the band from a non-contesting outfit of 12 players through to its current Second Section status.
The farewell gifts, presented by band chairperson and principal cornet player Tracy Rutherford, also included a bottle of Bandmaster Gin – believed to be Scott’s favourite tipple – and an album of photographs from all the players throughout the years as a permanent reminder of the shared good times.
Auditions are currently under way for Scott’s successor.