The Best Day of the Year

UNISON Kinneil Band rounded off the 2012-2013 season by performing at this year’s Bo’ness Fair. Luckily we missed most of the rain and it was great to see all our friends out supporting the band and the children on the ‘Best Day of the Year’. As tradition dictates, the band announces our Player and Bandsperson of the Year Awards on the Fair ‘Een.

The 2012-2013 Player of the Year Award goes to the player who has performed at the highest of standards not only on the contest stage but in the band hall over the course of the year. The award was chosen by the bands Musical Director, Craig Anderson, and the UNISON Kinneil Band Player of the year is Christopher Hamilton. Chris is the band’s Solo Horn player and has led his section with some outstanding solo and sectional performances throughout the year.

The Bandsperson of the year was set up to recognise the member of the band whose efforts outwith playing have benefited the band most. The award is voted for by the members of the band and this year’s winner is Christopher Hamilton.

Well done and congratulations from everyone to Christopher on his achievement by winning the double this year. This is the first time that this has been achieved and the good news is Chris is still only 17 years old so he has many more opportunities to take these awards home in the future. The band is now on a well deserved break until Monday 15th July while the bandhall undergoes the long awaited toilet renovation! Updates will be posted on the band website and of course on our facebook page.

Thanks to all our supports, friends, players and committee members for a fantastic year – we look forward to seeing you all at our Movie Theme Concert in late August.

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Vacancy – Principal Cornet

UNISON Kinneil Band would like to invite applications for the Principal Cornet position within our band. Recently winning the Fife contest and the 2nd Section Scottish championships we have a busy year ahead in the 1st section with up and coming concerts and competitions and looking nearer the end of the year – the National Championships in Cheltenham.

Due to internal changes within the band we are looking for a dedicated leader to take on this role to take us forward on our journey to get back into the top league of banding in Scotland.

If you are interested please contact the band secretary Robert Doherty on 07843 421826 all enquiries will be treated in confidence.

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Mid Table Finish in Blackpool

Last weekend (10th-12th May), UNISON Kinneil Band travelled down South to compete in the annual Senior Trophy competition held at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The test piece for the competition was Eric Balls “Journey into Freedom”.

Kinneil, under the direction of Musical Director Craig Anderson, were drawn 14th in the proceedings from a field of twenty top class bands from all over the country.  Shortly before we were due to take to the stage Solo Horn player Chris Ball unfortunately took ill and was rushed to Blackpool’s Victoria Hospital. After some tests Chris is now feeling much better and returned home to Scotland a few days later and we hope to see him back at rehearsals soon. The band played extremely well on the contest platform with some younger members making their contesting debut. Once the results were collated it was revealed that Kinneil achieved 12th place. Although the band felt slightly disappointed not to have gained a better result, the 12th place means that the band has secured a place in the Senior Trophy competition for next year.

Senior Trophy:

Test Piece: Journey into Freedom (Eric Ball)
Spanish Hall

Adjudicators: Lynda Nicholson & Simone Rebello

1. Newtongrange (Lee Skipsey)
2. Laganvale (Metal Technology) (Trevor Carter)
3. Camborne (John Berryman)
4. East London Brass (Jayne Murrill)
5. Drighlington (Jim Davies)
6. Sovereign Brass (David Maplestone)
7. Friary Guildford (Chris King)
8. St Dennis (Darren Hawken)
9. Jackfield (Elcock Reisen) (John Ward)
10. Oldham Lees (Russell Gray)
11. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
12. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson)
13. Easington Colliery (Chris Bentham)
14. Longridge (Mark Peacock)
15. City of Cardiff (Melingriffith) (Gareth Ritter)
16. Hatfield Colliery (Stan Lippeatt)
17. Pontardulais Town (Paul Jenkins)
18. Wantage Silver A (Phillip Bailey)
19. Meltham & Meltham Mills (Norman Law)
20. Hade Edge (Simon Wood)

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UNISON Kinneil Band Annual Concert

UNISON Kinneil Band will hold its Annual Concert on Friday 26th April in Bo’ness Town Hall with the night starting at 7:30pm.

The band has had a tremendously successful end to 2012 by winning the Fife Charities Competition and then continued the winning streak last month by picking up the Scottish Second Section Championship title. The success has coincided with the appointment of new Musical Director Craig Anderson who took over conducting duties in September last year.

The theme developed by Craig for this year’s Kinneil Band annual extravaganza is titled ‘The Journey of a Century’. We will be taking the audience on a musical voyage featuring pieces dating from the early 19th century all the way to up the current day. Also featuring on the evening will be the immensely successful Kinneil Youth Band, who will perform a series of pieces on the evening. The youngsters always delight the audience with their musical performances and we are sure you will be amazed with the standard of talent on display.

Tickets costing £8 (£6 concessions) are available from any band member or by calling Brian Holmes on 01506 822388. We advise you purchase your tickets as early as possible as demand is expected to be extremely high.

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UNISON Kinneil Band were crowned Scottish Second Sections Champions on Saturday 9th March. The band produced an extremely musical performance from a number 10 draw of the set test piece ‘The Plantagenet’s’ by Edward Gregson. Kinneil eventually finished 3 points above the nearest rival Bathgate Band on a total of 187 points from a possible 200. This is the first time that the band has triumphed at the Scottish Championships for over a decade since the First Section victory back in 1999.

Adjudicators Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr described Kinneil’s winning rendition as ‘A Magical Performance’ and this win continues the 100% success rate Musical Director Craig Anderson shares with the band since joining last August.

The next outing for the band will be at our much anticipated Annual Concert which is being held in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 26th April. The evening has been billed as ‘The Journey of a Century’ taking the audience through a musical expedition from past to present.

Scottish Championships Second Section
Test Piece: ‘The Plantaganets’ – Edward Gregson
Adjudicators: Tony Swainson and Alastair Orr

1. Unison Kinneil (Craig Anderson),10 – 187
2. Bathgate (Andy Shaw),7 – 184*
3. Annan Town Band (David Shanks),8 – 183
4. Jedforest Instrumental (Phil Rosier),4 – 182
5. Tullis Russell Mills (Martyn Ramsay),1 – 180
6. Shotts St.Patrick’s (Michael Marzella),5 – 179
7. St.David’s Brass (John A Dickson),3 – 178
8. Campbeltown Brass (Paul Stone),6 – 177
9. Kilmarnock Concert Brass (Raymond Tennant),2 – 176
10. Perthshire Brass (George D Annan),11 – 175
11. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax),9 – 174

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Free Concert

Kinneil Band are holding an informal concert in Bo’ness Old Kirk on Thursday 28th February 2013 from 7.30 to 8.30pm.

This will be an opportunity for the band to play out the test piece ‘The Plantagenets’ in preparation for the forthcoming Scottish Championships and may also hear some other favourite numbers from the band too!

Entry is free so why don’t you come along and support us in this wonderful setting!

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New Signings and some Welcomed Returns

Unison Kinneil Band is delighted to announce the signing of four top quality players for the forthcoming Scottish Second Section Championships that take place in March.

Joining on Solo Horn is the vastly experienced Chris Ball who makes the move from The Kirkintilloch Band. Chris has performed at the very highest level of brass banding for numerous years and is a welcomed addition to the horn team.

Filling the Soprano Cornet vacancy is Grant Golding. Grant is a Masters graduate in Trumpet Performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is also the recipient of the Countess of Munster Musical Trust Award and is in high demand as both a performer and teacher throughout the country.

Joining on 1st Baritone is Lucy Anderson – Lucy previously played with the band for a short time in the early 2000’s and has previously held the 1st Baritone seat with The Co-operative FuneralCare Band, The Kirkintilloch Band and The National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. Lucy made her winning return to Kinneil at the Fife Competition in October.

Finally making her return to the band after taking a short time out following the birth of her first child is Fiona Drury. Fiona joins Graeme McGregor and Andrew Nelson taking up the vacant 2nd Trombone chair.

Everyone at Kinneil is delighted to secure these high quality signings with such strong pedigree and we extend a very warm welcome to the quartet. We are sure they will take great pleasure in working with our Musical Director Craig Anderson. The quartet will be in action with Unison Kinneil Band at the Scottish Second Section Championships that take place in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 9th March.

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Welcome in the New Year with Kinneil

Kinneil Band will be bringing in the New Year at Kinneil Bowling Club and Fisons Social Club on Wednesday 2nd January 2012.

Players and friends will be meeting at the Bandhall at 1pm on Wednesday afternoon and will move onto Kinneil Bowling Club for 2.00pm and then to Fisons Social Club for 4pm. Please come along and support the band and enjoy the new year with us.

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UNISON Kinneil Band  and Kinneil Youth Band were declared the 2012 winners of the Bo’ness Journal/Caledonian Produce Christmas Cracker Appeal. Brian Holmes and Jim Buchanan picked up a cheque worth a marvellous £2000 at the winners ceremony held in Bo’ness Town Hall on Friday 14th December. The band is planning to refurbish the toilet block at the east side of the band hall and our Youth Band requires some extra funds towards uniforms for the kids – this award sets a great marker to get us started! The £2000 award marks a terrific end to the year for both the Senior and Youth Band.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every person who voted for our organisation – we are really lucky to have such a supportive community. Thank you!

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Kinneil’s Cracking Christmas Concert

Unison Kinneil Band and Kinneil Youth Band performed their Annual Christmas Concert at Fison’s Social Club this year on Friday 7th December to a very appreciative sell-out audience. This was the band’s first appearance in the new extension at Fison’s and they wowed the packed audience with a number of traditional and modern Christmas numbers mixed with some entertaining classics.Particular highlights of the evening was the Youth Bands rousing rendition of Loch Lomond and a very special Twelve Days of Christmas that involved participation from the all of the audience and a brilliant leaping technique from Music Director Craig Anderson. All of Kinneil Band both Young and Old sincerely appreciate the support that we receive from our community.

The band will be out carolling between 10am and 4pm in Morrisons Falkirk on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December and will be in Bo’ness Tesco during the same time on Saturday 22nd December. To bring in the New Year Kinneil Band will be making our annual visit to Kinneil Bowling Club at around 2pm on the 2nd January then moving onto Fison’s Social Club at 4pm. Please feel free to bring in the New Year with a few drinks and some familiar tunes.

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