A year and a half as passed since we were first engaged as a sponsor of the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, and it has proved to be up there as one of the most successful periods of the band’s recent history.
Avid readers of our blog will remember that the band came second at the Scottish Championships in March. This meant that the band was promoted to Section 1 for the 2018 banding season, but they also won the right to represent Scotland at the 2nd Section British National Championships. The British National championships have been a barren hunting ground for Scottish bands in recent times, but Dalkeith bucked the trend in fine form on Saturday afternoon.
Drawn to play 12th out of 18 competing bands, the band delivered a confident and stylish display, full of energy and passion. Live commentary said that the band ‘left no musical stone unturned’, and that band delivered a performance that would be ‘in the mix’ come results time for sure.
The band were delighted to come 3rd place, taking a place on the podium, the third-place trophy and £500 prize money for their efforts. Celebrations were well deserved and long into the night, followed by the 9-hour return coach journey on Sunday morning. Our very own Sales Manager, who has played with the band for fifteen years, has provided a few snaps from the weekend - our congratulations to the band!