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Buckhaven & Methil Miners Brass Band - Copyright 2001 - LT~d - http://www.lewisthomson.com
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Welcome to the band's history page. The history of the band is still being put into order and checked to make sure only the facts are uploaded. Including old pictures audio samples and  many more fascinating facts about the band.

 

Buckhaven & Methil Miners Band

 

Formerly Buckhaven Town Band was founded in 1905 competing at all levels, amalgamating with Wellesley Colliery in 1976 to become Buckhaven & Methil Miners Band.

 

Buckhaven Town Band (although not competing) joined S.A.B.B.A. in 1911 and entered the Scottish third section in 1912. in 1913 they competed in the Scottish third section championship and came joint first with Penicuik, Penicuik held the trophy for the first 6 months and Buckhaven for the last six months. A run of good results came to a halt as the first world war began and suspended contesting until 1918. On 1st December 1917, 4 contests commenced, all of which were for charity, returning bands to contesting, Buckhaven were awarded prizes for best soprano, best tenor horn and best baritone. On 13th December 1919 Buckhaven were promoted to second section after a joint third place at the Scottish championships, then competed in the second section championships on the 20th and took 4th place with only one point separating the first four bands. By 1925 a fourth section was introduced because of ever rising numbers of bands and regional qualifying competitions meant that the top 5 east and west bands were to compete against each other at the Scottish championships for grading (Buckhaven were third and Wellesley Colliery were fourth in the east). In the 1927 second section championships Buckhaven won, and for the first time the association presented 25 bronze medals to the winners along with best instrumentalist Buckhaven’s solo euphonium, to top it all off they were promoted to the championship section were they stayed for eight years. In 1937 they returned to the second section and the Second World War put contesting into limbo until 1945. On the 15th October 1945 Buckhaven launched into the Scottish championships and took 2nd place and until the 1950s Buckhaven were in and out of competition after the retirement of Charles Terris. They then started annual visits to the C.I.S.W.O. championships in Blackpool.

 

Wellesley Colliery band were formed in 1919 and in 1920 they competed at there first competition in Methil where they took 3rd prize. In 1921 they won first prize at the open championships in Bathgate and took the cup for the best third section band. Promoted to second section in 1926 Wellesley had a run of bad luck that took them back down to third section but by 1930 at Stirling under George Hawkins they won the third section and were back up to the second section. It seemed Mr Hawkins gave the band the confidence they needed and they were promoted in 1934 at Leith to the championship section. By now they were progressing as a programme band and were asked to play at the empire exhibition in Glasgow. They won the Fife championships 1938, 1939 and 1940. In 1944 they won the Scottish championship and were runners up the following year. 1947 and yet another great result, first prize at the miners gala day in Edinburgh entitling them to compete at the miners festival in London representing Scotland. There finest hour was in 1964 when they won the second section daily herald British brass band championships in London.

 

Buckhaven and Methil Miners Brass Band, now in the third section have kept the teachings and traditions of brass banding alive and still compete to this day to achieve better things. In 1982, 87, 93 and 97 (whilst in the fourth section) Buckhaven came in the top two of the Scottish championship to compete in the National championships. They still compete at the national mineworkers championships in Blackpool every year. In and out of the third and fourth sections for some time now Buckhaven look as if some time soon they might clinch a place in the second section. Various events such as the recent production of a CD and a 2002 master class with Robert Childs (held in the local community) continues to generate interest and keeps the band on its toes. And with Buckhaven being one of the few bands left in fife still teaching youngsters in the form of junior band training there is always hope that the Brass Band world will stay alive for many more generations to come.

 


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