The loss of Alex Melville


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UNISON Kinneil Band is sad to announce the news that former principal cornet player Alex Melville has passed away after losing his battle with cancer.

Alex first joined Kinneil as a young boy while the band was still formed as a military style band. He then progressed with the band into the brass world in 1953. During the 1960’s  he claimed three Scottish Championships winner medals with Kinneil. Another striking example of his musical prowess is the fact that Alex has his name engraved on the winner’s trophy while playing Euphonium and also Principal Cornet – a feat that we are sure has never been replicated since! He was also part of the Kinneil Band that secured a historic win at the 1959 First Section National Finals in London.

Alex left Kinneil in the late 1960’s and had a terrifically successful period playing with the Whitburn Band. Alex has also played with a host of bands throughout Scotland and also had a successful period playing principal cornet ‘down the road’ with the Bo’ness and Carriden Band. Alex made a final appearance with  UNISON Kinneil at the 2010 Spring Festival competition where he played on the Repiano Cornet chair. Alex was also a keen jazz musician and was often seen playing cornet with the Dave King Jazz trio.

Alex – a complete legend within the banding world and a true gentleman will be sadly missed by everyone involved with Kinneil band. We offer our utmost condolences to all his family and friends at this difficult time. His funeral takes place on Monday 2nd September at 10:15am in Carriden Parish Church then onto Falkirk Crematorium at 11:30am.

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