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Great start for Juvenile band at Dunbar!


Saturday 17th May saw the start of the outdoor season for the organisation and marked a milestone in the band’s history with the first competetive performances under the new title of Peoples Ford Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia. Whilst Dunbar has been incredibly cold in years gone by, this time it was a pleasant 15 degrees and made for great competing conditions.

Following their promotion from the Novice grade last year, P/M Ali Scougall and his team were looking forward to seeing how they would fare in the highly competitive Juvenile grade. Given that the jump from Novice to Juvenile is widely considered one of the biggest of any promotion, the band had worked incredibly hard over the winter to ensure they would prove their worth as a Juvenile band. As Dunbar leads up to the first major championship of the season, the Juvenile Grade were competing with an MSR - the first time this band have played a competitive MSR together.

The band put in a great performance for their first outing and at the end of the day were delighted to win the grade ahead of local rivals, George Watson’s College and George Heriot’s. Well done to all our Juveniles - a fantastic start to the season!

P/M Ali Scougall had the following to say:

“For many people, for the Juvenile band to win Dunbar in their first outing as a Juvenile band was quite a surprise because of the huge jump that exists between competing with four marches in Novice Juvenile to then competing with an MSR and Medley in Juvenile. Whilst we knew how much work the band and each individual had put in over the winter, we still didn’t expect that the band would have progressed quite as far as they have in such a short space of time. The result itself reflects how determined the band have been to prove they are capable of competing at the highest level in this incredibly competitive grade and highlights the superb work ethic that every individual and the other tutors (David Burnside, Gavin Burns, Tom Brown, Gordon Brown, Stevie McQuillan and Gavin Orr) have shown throughout the winter. This is undoubtedly an excellent start and has given us a fantastic foundation from which to build for the rest of the season. The band is hugely excited about the first major championship and the confidence this will give the band is fantastic.”


Alongside the Juvenile band’s success it was also great to see a Boghall and Bathgate Novice Juvenile band competing again. With last year’s Novice band being promoted to Juvenile, this was an entirely new band that took to the field under the guidance of Grade 1 piper, Ewan Sturrock. The band put on a great performance given this was the first outdoor contest for almost the entire band and we look forward to watching their progress over the years to come.

Thanks also to PipeBandTV for the use of their photo.

Posted by Andrew Ray on 05/22 at 12:36 PM in Homepage

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