The 67th Dalmellington Band Cecil Oughton Memorial Slow Melody Contest took place recently in the town's Village Community Centre, where a capacity audience enjoyed an afternoon and evening of top quality slow melody playing from 21 of the band's players.
Performing in front of their peers, friends, relatives and dignitaries, each player gained a tremendous ovation as they set out to impress the very special guest adjudicator, Lyndon Baglin.
In addition to the fine playing, there was an excellent 3 course dinner and drinks for the listeners to enjoy, who this year included Andrew Duncan, SBBA Development Manager.
In his official remarks Lyndon said that he had been delighted with the playing from all of the competitors and declared his astonishment that 21 band members were brave enough to take part!
1. Rebecca Wilson (Cornet) *Best Cornet Prize
2. Lindsay Roxburgh (Cornet)
3. Brian Mackie (Eb Bass) *Best Tuba Prize
4. Robert Dunn (Baritone) *Best Euphonium/Baritone Prize
Best Horn: John Calderwood
The Dale Salver: Lindsay Roxburgh
Prizes were presented by Jack Stirling, a former player with the band.
In the short concert following the results ceremony, Lyndon delighted the audience with three of his signature solos4BR
In the short concert following the results ceremony, Lyndon delighted the audience with three of his signature solos, including 'Grandfather's Clock', Endearing Young Charms' and 'Rule Britannia', before the day ended with humorous touches from Band President Bert Ritchie and the march 'Old Comrades' from the Dalmellington Band, conducted by Hugh Johnstone MBE.