4 February 2012TWO MORE TO THE RANKS
4 February 2012AUF WEIDERSEIN
24 January 2012WELCOME LORRAINE
19 October 2011NEW & OLD SIGNINGS
12 September 2011SIDE SHOW MOVES TO LEEDS
4 March 2011NEW BASS TROMBONIST
26 February 2011
UNLUCKY RESULT AT THE SCOTTISH
Saturday 26th Feburary saw the return of the Scottish Championships, a full two weeks earlier than usual. This year the contest was held in the fantastic Perth Concert Hall. The Scottish bands turned out to perform their set work - this year's Fourth Section bands were given the task of performing "Prelude, Song and Dance" by the well known composer John Golland.
Penicuik put in a lot of hard work and achieved a good performance on the stage. Unfortunately, as contesting goes sometimes, the result was not indicative of the effort and the Band was placed 6th out of 7. It was a bitter-sweet moment, due to the fact that the Band put in a performance that they felt was confident and of a good standard, but it still wasn't good enough to register with the adjudicators. MD Stuart Black said "The band were great on stage. They were confident and they did exactly what was asked of them, but that's the way it goes. As I said to the band - onwards and upwards! We will continue the good progress and try again next year."
Web Site 4 Bars Rest commented:
"Penicuik could perhaps count themselves a touch unlucky that they couldn’t push towards the prizes after delivering a sparkling opening in a well thought out performance under Stuart Black’s intelligent direction. On another day, with just a few less noticeable errors, they could have been right in the mix"
27 October 2009
DIRECTOR TO STEP DOWN
The Band regrets to announce that Alex Knox will be standing down as musical director with effect from 1 November 2009. The Band have very much enjoyed Alex's musical direction and are sorry to see him leave after such a short time.
We wish Alex well in the future.
21 July 2008
Daniel Williamson this evening said his farewells to the Band as he is leaving to take up Tenor Horn at Peebles Burgh Band.
Daniel joined Penicuik in 1997, having come from Peebles where he is now returning.
The Band thanks Daniel for his valuable contribution during the last few years and wishes him well at Peebles.
6 October 2007
BYE.......WELL SORT OF!
Lorna Bryce has stepped down from her position as Solo Euphonium with the Band and has now signed for Dalkeith and Monktonhall Band.
We wish Lorna well at Dalkeith, although it's not really "farewell", as Lorna will still be rehearsing and playing with our Band at non-contesting events.
3 October 2007
Stuart Ritche has stepped down from the Band due to pressures of study at university, and his part-time job.
The Band wishes Stuart all the best for his studies, and hope to see him back with us once more when life's not quite so hectic!
1 July 2007
PSB WEB SITE WINS AWARD
All at Penicuik Silver Band are delighted to learn that our web site has been won the award "Web Site of the Month - June 2007" on theMouthPiece. (www.themouthpiece.com) Thanks to everyone who voted for our site!
theMouthPiece is a very informative and entertaining web site that has something for everyone - not just those in the brass band world!
21 April 2007
Principal Cornet Harold Wells this afternoon came off the contest platform at Carnegie and said "au revoir" to the Band. Harold, who joined PSB in January 2006 (his first competing band), has signed with Newtongrange Silver Band and will be playing Flugel Horn at that band's forthcoming contest in Blackpool.
"I would like to thank each and every member of Penicuik Silver Band for their friendship over the last year or so that I have been there, and sincerely hope that those friendships will continue. I wish you all every hapiness and success for the future"
Band members can read a fuller message from Harold on the Members Only Page
22 January 2007
Andrew Gerrard said his farewells to the band at rehearsal this evening, as he has bought a property in Bathgate and will shortly be moving there.
Andrew has played with Penicuik Silver Band for many years both on Baritone and Euphonium.
We thank Andrew for his loyal service to the Band and wish him every success in the future.
24 October 2006
NEW CONDUCTING TEAM
Penicuik Silver Band is delighted to announce that Terry Johns has accepted the position of Musical Director, and Tony Laidlaw the position of Bandmaster, with immediate effect.
TERRY JOHNS (Right of picture)
Terry Johns is renowned as one of the world’s finest French Horn players and has travelled the world as a member of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and then the London Symphony Orchestra.
He has recorded both classical and jazz albums, and has appeared on TV with, amongst others, Shirley Bassey, Tony Bennett and Peggy Lee.
His playing can be heard on the soundtracks of many films including “Superman”, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Terry also composes instrumental music, one of his best known tunes being the theme to Harlech Television’s “Pretenders”.
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TONY LAIDLAW (Left of picture)
Tony Laidlaw joined Penicuik Silver Band in 1972 initially on cornet, moving to soprano two years later. He took a break from banding to concentrate on his principal instrument, the French Horn, returning to Penicuik ten years ago, eventually moving back to soprano cornet, his current instrument.
In addition to brass banding, Tony has also taken up an appointment as one of Her Majesty’s State Trumpeters in
The band extends a warm welcome to Terry and looks forward to a long and successful future under the leadership of both Terry and Tony.