2004 Scottish Regional Championships
4BR casts it eye over the runners and rider of the Scottish Regional
Championships, which takes place on the weekend of the 13th/14th
Motherwell Civic Centre
13th March - Sections: Two, Three and Four
14th March - Sections: First and Championship.
Contact Secretary: Neil Watson
Tel: 01224 744967
The Scottish Championships returns to Motherwell this year, as it
has almost every second year since 1975. With the exception of 2000
when it was held in Troon, every other contest in this period has
been in Falkirk, but this cycle is about to break and we understand
that Dundee's Caird Hall is being examined as a possible venue for
2005 following the success of the lower section finals last year.
Motherwell Civic Centre is a venue that offers almost everything
required for a band contest though and the acoustics in the Concert
Hall are such that very little detail gets lost between stage and
This year there are 52 bands entered and this number, although
it does fluctuate slightly, seems to be around the normal level
for Scotland in recent years. The Scottish Association (SBBA) have
been working hard over the last couple of years though and we hope
that they will be rewarded with a larger audience than they got
for the Scottish Open in Glasgow.
The finals have been unspectacular for Scotland in recent years,
with only Arbroath Instrumental picking up a prize last year in
the Second Section and we need to go back to 2000 to find a Scottish
band in the frame at the Albert Hall. Good things are happening
in Scotland though and we have a feeling that one or two of their
bands, not only in the top section, could be in for a good year.
It all kicks off on Saturday morning with the Second Section, which
on paper at least, could be one of the closest of the weekend.
Number of competing bands: