The Band Committee still kept on the lookout for a professional conductor. They found one in the person of William Allison. From 1911 when Mr. Allison was appointed, the Band entered on a new lease of life. From the very start his enthusiasm was reflected in the working of the Band Committee and the bandsmen, each one working wholeheartedly
together and backed by generous supporters. The work of George Logan as Secretary and Alex Allen, the President, were particularly noteworthy during Allison's period as conductor.
When Allison was contacted by Penicuik Band he was solo cornet player with Polton Band. Here indeed was a great brass bandsman. He was born in Bradford,
In 1892 he settled as soprano cornet with Rutland Mills, but after a year as soprano he was asked to take solo cornet. In 1895, aged 14, he was engaged as principal cornet with Dewsbury Old Band, where he gained considerable experience. It was in 1898 that he came to Clydebank Band as solo cornet. Clydebank was
During 1905 he had the unique experience of winning 21 first prizes in 21 successive solo competitions. His combined winnings consisted of three silver cups, three cornets and over forty gold and silver medals. This then, was the man Penicuik Band were fortunate in having as conductor.