Blanket coverage for St Ronan's

St Ronan's Silver set to play their part in Riding of the Marches in Scottish capital.

St Ronans

St. Ronan’s Silver Band is getting ready to take part in one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious events on the weekend.

Riding of the Marches

The Innerleithen band is to perform as part of the city’s ‘Riding of the Marches’ — the annual re-enactment of the Edinburgh Riding of the Marches, which had been held in abeyance since 1718 only to be revived again in 2008.

St Ronan’s will entertain the crowds on the famous Royal Mile while they await the return of the massed ranks of horses, which lead the event though the city. Led by Bandmaster Stephen Baird and Band Sergeant David Lindsay, St. Ronan’s Band will play outside the City Chambers from 2.00pm

500 years

The Riding of the Marches commemorates, almost 500 years to the day, the return of the Captain of the City Band, Randolph Murray clasping the Ancient ‘Blue Blanket Banner’ with the tragic news of the defeat of the Scots at the Battle of Flodden.

Blue Blanket

The Blue Blanket is the affectionate name for the ‘Standard of the Crafts within the Burgh’ of Edinburgh and in 2011, the Convenery of Trades commissioned a modern representation of it which will be received by the Lord Provost upon the Mercat Cross of Edinburgh.

"We are delighted to be representing the county of Peeblesshire at this historic occasion," explained Band Secretary Keith Belleville to 4BR.

"We hope to bring a sense of fun as well as well as that of dignity to the crowds on the Royal Mile and our Bandmaster Stevie Baird has planned a real mix of music for the occasion."

We hope to bring a sense of fun as well as well as that of dignity to the crowds on the Royal Mile and our Bandmaster Stevie Baird has planned a real mix of music for the occasionSt Ronan's Band


The Band’s performance will culminate moments before the Captain gallops up from John Knox’s House with the Blue Blanket with ‘Return to the Ridings’ commissioned by the Royal Regiment of Scotland for the Year of the Homecoming in 2009.

Become a supporter and help make our future secure.

4barsrest continues to be a proudly independent voice. There are no paywalls to overcome to be able to enjoy what we do to keep our journalism at the heart of the brass banding world. Support us with a one-off donation or subscribe from just £2.50 per month.

Support us    


Grimethorpe held Spellbound by Bronte

July 5 • An exciting new collaboration sees Grimethorpe Colliery Band bring Emily Bronte's 'Spellbound' poem to life...


Virtual performance to celebrate Yorkshire Day

July 5 • All things Yorkshire will be celebrated in virtual style thanks to a quartet of proud White Rose bands.


Dewsbury contest cancelled

July 5 • The Yorkshire & Humberside BBA contest due to take place in Dewsbury later this year has been cancelled — but will return next year.


Death of Jim Stewart

July 5 • The death has been announced of one of the most popular figures in the Scottish brass band movement.

Black Dyke Band - Cory - Brass on Sunday Gala Concert

Sunday 13 September • Symphony Hall, Broad Street, B12EA

Black Dyke Band - Swiss Nationals Gala Concert

Saturday 19 September • KKL, Europaplatz 1, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland 6000

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Saturday 26 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse.. GL50 4SH

Contest: Lower Section National Finals

Sunday 27 September • The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse. GL50 4SH

Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & Hymn tune

Sunday 27 September • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ

Newbridge Band

July 5 • Newbridge Celynen Brass Band are a 4th section band based in South Wales who have vacancies for the following seats:. . Front Row Cornets, Horns. Baritone, Euphonium. Bb Bass, Eb Bass. Tuned Percussion

Chadderton Band

July 3 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing at various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections EUPH and percussion. Come along to one of our rehearsals most welcome.

Amesbury Town Band

June 30 • Players and beginners of any standard are always warmly welcomed especially some more solo cornets and a spare percussionists to help out existing players. Feel free to drop in even if you just fancy a blow or want to try another instrument. After covid!

Alan Duguid

BA (Hons), PGDipMus, PGCE
Conductor, Composer, Adjudicator (ABBA)


 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd