Land O’Burns Contest Results

Dalmellington Band hosted the 20th annual ‘Land O’Burns – Brass in Concert’ Event in Troon Concert Hall on Saturday 23rd August.

Twelve bands competed for £6,700.00 in prize money and a fantastic array of individual trophies and awards.    The event attracted hundreds of people, including players and supporters, to Troon and South Ayrshire this year! David Thornton was the Music Adjudicator and he commented that the standard was high and he had a difficult task to determine the winners from the top bands. Iain Shaw, was the Entertainment Adjudicator, deciding on which band, he thought, had best entertained the audience, winning the prize of £500.00 and the bands gave wonderful entertainment this year! ….. there were singers, a violinist and one player even played a Sousaphone Tuba ….. fantastic entertainment! Simone Rebello, one of the UK’s top percussion soloists also held a Percussion Workshop at the event and a number of youngsters and older players gained some great tips on technique, methodology and sound production during the sessions. South Ayrshire Council gave Dalmellington Band wonderful support again this year and the Brass in Concert Event now pays out the highest prize money in Scotland, attracting good bands to the competition.

The full results were:-

1st prize, winning the Knoweview Nursing Home Trophy and £3,000.00 … Whitburn Band.

2nd prize, winning the James Bryce Memorial Trophy and £1200.00 … Co-operative Funeralcare Band.

3rd prize, winning the Antoine Courtoise ( Paris ) Trophy and £600.00 … Johnstone Band.

4th prize, winning the Robert Oughton Memorial Trophy and £450.00 … Tullis Russell Mills Band.

Best 1st Section Band, winning the South Beach Hotel Trophy and £350.00 … Unison Kinneil Band.

Best 2nd Section Band, winning the Anchorage Hotel Trophy and £300.00 … Tullis Russell Band.

Best 3rd Section Band, winning the McPhail Trophy and £275.00 … Dunaskin Doon Band.

Most Entertaining Band, winning the David Dale Memorial Trophy and £500.00 … Coalburn Silver Band.

Best Ayrshire Band, winning the Co-operative Group Trophy … Newmilns & Galston Band.


The Individual Awards were:-

Best Instrumentalist, winning the South Ayrshire Council Trophy … Cornet, Co-operative Funeralcare Band.

Best Principal Cornet, winning the Phillip McCann Trophy …  Whitburn Band.

Best Soprano Cornet, winning the Eddie Kerr Memorial Trophy … Johnstone Band.

Best Flugel Horn, winning the Dalmellington Junior Band Trophy … Co-operative Funeralcare Band.

Best Tenor Horn, winning the Melvin Bathgate Shield … Coalburn Silver Band.

Best Trombone, winning the Ritchie Trophy … Whitburn Band.

Best Euphonium, winning the Allan Baird Memorial Trophy … Co-operative Funeralcare Band.

Best Bass Section, winning the Jenny Johnstone Memorial Quaich … Co-operative Funeralcare Band.

Best Percussion Section, winning the Thomas Park Memorial Trophy … Dunaskin Doon Band.

Dalmellington Band would like to thank everyone who helped make this event an outstanding success, particularly the local and national advertisers, sponsors and donors. Dalmellington Band will further develop this most entertaining event in the years ahead and hope to continue to attract hundreds of supporters to Troon and South Ayrshire!

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