Allison was famous and this taste of fame encouraged him to throw all he had into making Penicuik Band famous. Under Allison, Penicuik entered for the contest which was held at the
In May 1912 a choir of some 100 voices was formed with Allison as conductor. A concert was held in the
The Band and conductor gained more honours when they took part in the 1912 contest in the
Unfortunately 1914 did not bring any competition success.
Penicuik Band c1912
In 1915 the Town Band and the Salvation Army Band joined forces as the Band of the Third Royal Scots. Of course they would all be back soon, so most people thought, but as time went on they were disbanded. The sound of music gave place to the din of war. The Band did not go through the war unscathed. Five members of the Silver Band and two members of the Royal Scots paid with their lives.
In November 1918 a public meeting was held to consider the reconstituting of the Band. Provost Chisholm was in the chair and after a lengthy discussion it was agreed to make application to the Town Council to release the instruments which had been in their custody since the Royal Scot Band was dispersed. Eight old members and 16 new members promised to join, and Mr Purves and Mr Wm. Ritchie, the former bandmaster of the Salvation Army Band took up the duties of bringing on new players until March 1939 when Allison was demobbed. In no time at all the band was in contest shape. In fact several contests of a minor nature were held. In four of these Penicuik won prizes. The usual concerts to which the public were accustomed were revived. It is interesting to bring to mind some of the artistes. Mr Charles Smith, Miss Mary Allan, Mr John Watson of Innerleithen, Miss Love, Mr Robert Black, Emma Quiiln, Nettie Monteith and Adam Stewart. The Band was now in the second section and in 1920 they gained fifth place. In 1921 there were so many entries in the second section that it was decided to have an east section held at Kirkcaldy and a west section in
Penicuik Band c1921
Penicuik Band c1921
Penicuik were now up against the best bands in
1924 was not a good year in terms of prizes and 1925 was the end of the Allison era. Allison handed in his resignation, as did the Chairman Alex Allen, who resigned on the death of his wife. J Logan had also recently resigned owing to illness. You can imagine the disappointment that was felt by the Band, and by the public. Two excellent men from the committee and their hero, Allison, had resigned. There were however still good musicians, and Albert Taylor took over as Conductor. Albert Taylor was a very fine French Horn player, playing in the Royal Scots Band where he doubled on viola. His Tenor Horn playing in Penicuik Band was first class.
Penicuik Band c 1922