Band History


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1880

Mr. John Barr and Mr. Rob Elliot raised £20 and purchased 20 brass instruments. There were 20 bandsmen who, at the start, knew nothing about brass band music.

1881

After about two years of practice the band made its first public performance under John Barr. Each member paid four pence per week.

1887

Trade declined and many members left the district, some emigrating to the USA.

1890

A revival. The band entered its first contest at the Floral Fete at Newton Stewart.

1900

Mr. John Barr retired as Bandmaster. Mr. Felix Slevin took over.

1901

Second place at a contest in Castle Douglas. First place in a contest at the Dalbeattie Show. Awarded Championship of Galloway

1905

Won Ernespie at Castle Douglas. Willie Barr best Solo Cornet and Alex Young best Euphonium. “Prize” inserted in the name of the band. Felix Slevin leaves to conduct the Darvel Band. Mr. Robert Hughes appointed bandmaster.

1906

First prize again at Castle Douglas. Willie Barr best Solo Cornet and Robert Hughes best euphonium.

1909

Granite trade declines and several members including Mr. Hughes emigrate to America. Mr. James Harvey agrees to become Bandmaster.

1912

New uniform purchased. Band is placed first in the March and second in the waltz at a contest at Newton Stewart.

1914

Bazaar arranged to raise money for new instruments. Cancelled due to war. A loan was given to buy 18 instruments.

1916

Band forced to stop playing. Instruments stored.

1919

Band restarted.

1920

Bazaar held and £271 raised.

1922

Mr. Harvey resigns and Mr. Louis Barr takes over.

1923

Mr. Robert Hughes returns and takes over as conductor.

1923

Retiral of Rob Elliot

1924

A new uniform is purchased.

1925

Second to Dumfries in a contest at Newton Stewart. New instruments purchased.

1935

£135 raised at sale.

1939

Most bandsmen at the war. Activities cease till 1942.

1942

Veterans and retired members restart to lead a Church parade.

1949

Contest at Dumfries. Contest at Brampton. In prize list, W McKie won prize for best solo horn.

1950

Won march and third in selection at Dumfries.

1951

Second place at a contest at Dumfries. Placed fourth out of sixteen bands at a contest at Edinburgh.

1952

Mr. R Hughes retires due to ill health. Two other stalwarts also retire, J Campbell and J Kirk.

1953

James Harvey takes over as conductor.

1959

Peter McCleary becomes the new conductor.

1962

Alex McDowall appointed conductor.

1979

Peter McCleary again as conductor.

1980

Peter McCleary steps down due to ill health. Alex McDowall takes over.

1983

Stuart McNab appointed as musical director.

1985

4th section contest at Motherwell. 16th place

1986

4th section contest at Falkirk. 12th place.

1987

4th section contest at Motherwell. 9th place.

1987

Whitburn invitation contest.

1988

4th section contest at Falkirk. 14th place

1989

4th section contest at Motherwell. 15th place.

1990

4th section at Falkirk. 2nd place.

1990

British finals at Westminster Halls, London. 25th place.

1991

3rd section contest at Motherwell.

1994

4th section at Falkirk. 3rd place.

1994

Hardraw Scar contest .2nd prize in 4th section.

1995

4th section at Motherwell. 9th place.

1995

Acquired new hall using grant from the Foundation for Sports and Arts.

1996

4th section contest at Falkirk. 6th place.

1997

Opening of new hall. 27th April by Mr. John Gracie, a past member of the band and now Principal Trumpet with the RSNO.

At this event Leo McClymont, Jimmy Gilmour, Jim Owen and Harry Heaver were presented with Life Membership of the SABBA by Mr. Peter Fraser MBE, of the SABBA executive committee.