Penicuik Silver Band



4 February 2012


The band are delighted to welcome 2 more players to the ranks in time for their assault on the Scottish Championships in March this year.
Gill French, currently a member with the non-contesting bands Galashiels Town and St Boswells Silver Bands, comes in to fill the vacancy on 2nd Horn and Laura Friel, formerly with Croy Silver, comes in on Solo Trombone in time to fill the void left by Ian Forrestt who has moved onto Euphonium within the band.
MD Stuart Black said of the new signings "It's great to have these guys on board.  Both seem to be very keen bandswomen and are going to be great additions as we look to stengthen the band and improve on last year's result at the Championships.  I wish them both an enjoyable and successful tenure at the band" 


4 February 2012


The band had to say a farewell to one of their players this week.  Katherinne Forrest said goodbye to the band week after being offered the chance to go to Germany to begin a placement near Berlin.
As this was maybe a bit too far for her to travel back twice a week for rehearsals, we have had to let her go.
MD Stuart Black said "It's a shame to loose Katherine to Germany, but it's such an amazing experience for her that she couldn't pass up. Although we still have someone on the seat it will be a pity not to have her at the Scottish with us.  We wish her all the best and look forward to seeing her again when she comes over for a visit.   Here's hoping she keeps in practice!"



24 January 2012


Penicuick Silver Band has announced a new signing in the shape of Lorraine Quinn.

Having previously played for St David's Band in Midlothian, Lorraine comes in to strengthen the front row after a spell away from banding to concentrate on obtaining her degree.

MD Stuart Black told 4BR: "I'm delighted Lorraine has agreed to sign for us.  She has been coming along recently to get her lip back in and told me she wanted to get back into competitive banding, so needless to say I didn't hesitate in asking her to join."

Lorraine, along with the other recent new recruit Ross Walker, will make their debuts at the Scottish Championship on the 10th March where the band hopes to improve on last year’s 6th place.

19 October 2011


Returning after a spell away to complete their degrees are Linda and Katharine Forrest on percussion and baritone respectively.   Both players returned to the contesting fold at the recent Fife Charities Contest. 

MD Stuart Black told 4BR: "It’s great to see the girls back.  Both are very enthusiastic and great to work with.  We are all hoping they get local jobs and stay as long as possible!"

Meanwhile, Sarah Hamilton, Sean Kelly and Michael O'Brien and Ross Walker are new signings.

Stuart added: "It’s also great news to welcome these new players.  Sarah and I went to school together so I know how good a musician she is.  Ross is the local brass instructor for the area and is a highly respected bass trombone player, although he is busy with other commitments and concerts it's great to have someone of his exprience on board, and Michael and Sean have been great since they came in. 

We now have something extra to build on as we look forward to the Borders Contest at the start of next month and the Scottish Championships in March next year."

12 September 2011


The Brass in the Park Contest in September this year saw the band say goodbye to one of their young members as he moved on to start his University degree.  Stuart Wilson (affectionatley named Side Show Bob due to his hair style) has received the great chance to study trumpet at Leeds University.  We wish Stuart all the best for his studies and look forward to seeing him at Christmas and also for the Scottish Championships which he has kindly agreed to play at if required.

4 March 2011

The Band are delighted to announce the signing of Erin Stephenson who comes to us from Peebles Silver Band.  Erin, who has long been a helper of the band, comes in to fill the Bass Trombone seat.

MD Stuart Black stated "Erin is a fantastic signing, I have known her for a few years now and the talent that she is.  She is not your steriotypical Bass Trombone player, but she can make one heck of a sound.  We have been very lucky to have her helping for so long, so the band know her very well - especially with her fiance Martyn playing Soprano in the band - so we are delighted to have her in to strengthen the bottom end of the band."

Erin's first job with the Band will be the forthcoming concert on 18th March - watch out for further details.

26 February 2011


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


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


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


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. (   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




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”.

His piece “Holland Park” was first recorded for his Divine Art album Classic and Romantic and was chosen as an examination work in the syllabus of Trinity College of Music.


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 Scotland.


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.