Jedforest Instrumental Band
Jedforest Instrumental Band is based in the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh. The band was instituted in 1854, and is one of the UK’s oldest continuously running bands.
The band is now one of the most progressive Brass Band organisations in the United Kingdom. In 2005, the band won a Major National award in recognition of their presence and impact whilst raising awareness of Brass Music nationally. Hailed as a model of success, the band continues to explore new ground, fortify tradition and pioneer uncharted areas of excellence.
As many as sixty players are now involved in the band organisation, ranging in age from seven to 65. There are two brass bands: a senior band and a junior band, which perform regularly throughout the year, at concerts, local festivals, church services, and band contests.
Since the turn of the century the senior Band has enjoyed a great deal of success on the contest platform. In March 2012, the Band won the Scottish 3rd Section Championships and in September 2002, 2004 and 2012, the band represented Scotland at the National Finals in Torquay, Harrogate and Cheltenham. On the basis of their contesting performances in 2004, were declared "Band of the Year" by the Scottish Brass Band Association.
In November 2003 and 2005, the junior band became Scottish Youth Champions in the under-16 section, as well as winning other contests. With the inclusion of several adults, the junior band became a 4th Section contesting band in October 2003, being re-named Abbey Brass (Jedforest) conducted by Cameron Mabon. They came 2nd (out of 4) in the Fourth Section at the Borders Entertainment Contest in November, and 4th overall for entertainment.
The Band is now under the conductorship of Rob Hume. They have recently set up a Future group, which currently has 10 members. This has been designed to bridge the gap between the junior band and the senior band and helps players with the transition of playing more challenging music.
There is also a thriving Training Band (The Band Buddies) conducted by Stuart Black, which consists of twenty learners, all of whom are quite young. They perform at concerts put on by the senior band.
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