The 68th Annual Cecil Oughton Senior Slow Melody Contest took place in Dalmellington on the weekend, where a full house audience thoroughly enjoyed 19 senior band soloists performing to try and impress adjudicator John Doyle.
John admitted that it had been a difficult job as there were so many good performances throughout the competition.
After a hard fought contest it was tenor horn player Shona Hutchison who took the overall honours and the prestigious Cecil Oughton Trophy, named after one of Scotland’s finest brass instrumentalists.
The Dale Salver, awarded to the person who has given exceptional service to the band during the year was won by euphonium player and junior band conductor Ian Taylor, whilst John Mitchell was presented with the Mary Reid Quaich, for his sterling ‘behind the scenes’ service to the band.
Following the results John Doyle provided the excellent entertainment with a short recital on trumpet, soprano and flugel horn.
Due to works at the band’s normal venue at Dalmellington Community Centre, the event had to be switched to Doon Academy.
A spokesperson told 4BR: "Our sincere thanks to the janitors and kitchen staff at the school and to officers and staff at East Ayrshire Council who gave great assistance to allow this prestigious event to continue this year!"
horn player Shona Hutchison took the overall honours and the prestigious Cecil Oughton Trophy, named after one of Scotland’s finest brass instrumentalists4BR
1. Shona Hutchison (horn)
2. Gary Williams (euphonium)
3. John Boax (cornet)
4. Elaine Roxburgh (flugel)
Best Bass: Brian Mackie
Best Euphonium/Baritone: Gary Williams
Best Horn/Flugel: Shona Hutchison
Best Cornet: John Boax