Contest Season

We've been back at full band rehearsals since January 5th, getting ready for the Scottish Brass Band Championships to be held in Perth in March.

We welcome Captain Alex Knox as our Musical Director, ex Musical Director of the Royal Irish regiment and Colin McCabe as our resident bandmaster as we get to grips with the national test piece 'Essay' by composer Edward Gregson.

The band is getting ready to host their guest coach David Stowell to their rehearsals in Castlepark Bowling Club. David is ex band of the Coldstream Guards, a world renowned composer, conductor and player and has conducted many world class orchestras. He also composes music for TV and film and has worked with Dalkeith and Monktonhall every year since 2010.

The band is hosting an 'Open Rehearsal' on Sunday 6th March in the Castlepark Bowling Club. Come along: hear us rehearse and meet the friendliest band in Scotland, support us and enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit - free. We might even have some coffee..... Your company and support is priceless to us!! Midday until 2pm.

Band Awards

We recently made our annual player awards:

  • Player's player of the year is Paul Findlay from Edinburgh,
  • Bandsperson of the Year is David Milodowski, again an Edinburgh man.
  • Most Improved player is cornet player Craig Savage,
  • Best section is Percussion
  • Band Chair's special award goes to David Plain who lives in the Borders.

Au revoir Paul.

We recently had a farewell evening out on the town to wish Paul Findlay all the best as he moves from Dalkeith and Monktonhall to the band of the Scots Guards! The band sends Paul on his way with out best wishes and sincere thanks for many years onf excellent service to the band.

Autumn Music

Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band are preparing for a busy period as some big events come our way.

We are back after our success in Brassed Off last year:  in the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh this Sunday (23rd August) for an afternoon rehearsal with top European Theatre Company Ballets C de la B. This is a major Edinburgh International Festival event and the band will appear on stage, 24-25 August in the stage production of 'En Avant March'. See the Kings Theatre website for tickets and details.

The preparations for this have been intense: we had a visit from BBC Scotland news in the Castlepark Bowling Club in Prestonpans where the band was filmed and some of our players interviewed. An appearance on BBC radio Scotland follows, and that important rehearsal on Sunday where we are fitted out with our stage uniforms

After that - on the evening of 27 August we have our annual Tommy Campbell memorial concert in St Mary's Church in Dalkeith. Tickets are available from the church, or pay at the door. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start

On 5 September we take part in a  bit of history when we play at the Opening of the Borders railway. See us at Shawfair/Danderhall railway Station!!

Next day on 6 September we return to play at Portobello Fete in Rosefield Park. A great afternoon's family fun.

Come along and support us - your local band

Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band return to the Kings Theatre.

Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band have been asked to take part in a major musical theatre work during this years’ Edinburgh International Festival. The band has been asked to play on stage in the Kings Theatre on 24th & 25th August in ‘En avante, marche!’ after their successful appearances during April and May 2014 in the touring production of ‘Brassed Off’ in the same theatre.

The work is performed in the Flemish language with English supertitles. Alain Platel, the trailblazing founder and director of Belgian contemporary dance collective les ballets C de la B, makes his Edinburgh debut in a new music theatre work created with stage director Frank Van Laecke.

They take as their starting point the rehearsal room of an amateur brass band in Flanders. As the ties that hold local communities together begin to loosen, these amateur ensembles offer a civic and collective nucleus, teaching people of all ages and from different walks of life to play together and march in the same direction.

Founded in 1984, les ballets C de la B is one of the most influential performing arts companies in Europe. They have travelled the world with their eclectic mix of contemporary dance, text, theatre and music and have played a crucial role in the development of young artists.

The band has just finished taking a short summer break, after which preparations and rehearsals start for the autumn concert season and of course, the stage appearances themselves. The Prestonpans based band is one of the top amateur music groups in Scotland and attracts players from all over the country.

Music for a summer evening with D&M Brass Band

We are into summer concert season now and right in rural East Lothian on the evening of 21st May in Gifford Parish Church under the baton of our guest conductor Alan Fernie, we play out our summer season concert programme - original brass band music, music from the classics, film, stage and screen as well as jazz and pop!

If you thought that brass bands only played marches and hymn tunes - think again!! Come along and support us and our good friends at the parish church.

Contact the church directly for tickets.

D&M Band - Getting ready for the contest season

In December we held our 25th birthday celebration concert, marking the anniversary of the amalgamation of the two bands. We played carols to a packed Gifford parish church, and then we were into the Christmas break.

The band returned to rehearsals in January, refreshed from the break and ready to get to grips with the 2015 set test piece for the Scottish Championships, which will be held on 15th March. The piece is 'London Overture' by composer Philip Sparke and this weekend (20th - 22nd February) we were rehearsing with our guest Conductor David Stowell and resident Musical Director Jim Chamberlain. David makes a visit to us every year to conduct and coach the band. Former conductor of Black Dyke, GUS and Grimethorpe bands, David also works with many world class professional orchestras and nowadays composes music for film and television. David's visit this year was partly funded by a very generous donation from Prestonpans Community Council, for which the band is very grateful. Photos from this weekend can be seen in the Gallery.

The band also readies for it's spring and summer concerts, details to follow in teh coming months. Our training band meets every Wednesday evening in the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club.

D&M Band- Summer concert in Dalkeith - Thursday 21st August

Come and hear your local champion team: Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band in St Mary's Church, the church in Dalkeith park.
We welcome your support. Doors open 7pm for 7:30. Bring your friends for beautiful live and informal concert music on a summer evening. Rock, pop, classical, Latin, music from stage (Brassed Off), screen and traditional: also, come and hear our new Junior Band at their world premier performance!
Tap your feet, clap your hands - singalong if you want..... Refreshments available. Free easy parking, meet the band that played at the Kings Theatre. Proceeds support this beautiful church and band funds.

Thank you for your support. See you there.

Summer Update

Hello again Everyone from Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band. We're back after our summer break and on Saturday 2nd August attended our first engagements since the break: Dalkeith Carnival Parade and Gullane Games. In true style, the weather affected both of these jobs - rain over the last 200 yards of the march in Dalkeith and rain, although some dry spells, at Gullane: a downpour as we performed Alan Fernie's arrangement of 'Singing in the Rain'!!

We've been playing at Gullane Games continuously for an incredible 44 years, and we always enjoy the friendly atmosphere there.

Anyway - back to work, blowing the holiday cobwebs off the music, and we entertain the good people of Dalkeith at our next concert on Thursday 21st August at St Mary's Episcopal Church in Dalkeith park at the annual Thomas (Tommy) Campbell memorial concert. Doors open at 7 for a 7:30pm start and tickets are available from the church or on the evening at the door. If you missed Brassed Off: DON'T miss this one!!

Our training band restarts on Wednesday evenings in the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club this week. Instruments and tuition available: lessons are only £5 per session. We take learners from 8 years old upwards (no age limit!!). Interested? Visit the band website for contact details. That's all for now - see you all on the 21st.

Brassed Off

The band have just completed a very successful and rewarding run as the Grimley Band in Brassed Off at Edinburgh King’s Theatre. Here is what the critics had to say……

“Extra appreciation and praise must be directed towards one of the focal points for Brassed Off, the brass band itself. Performing at the King’s Theatre, Dalkeith and Monktonhall brass band manage to slide expertly onto the stage. At no point overshadowing or drawing attention away from the actors, thus strengthening the audience’s belief in the musical portrayals of the cast. The band offer an injection of hair tingling euphoria and passion that creates a foot tapping buzz felt throughout the audience.”

“the heroic presence onstage of the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, who lend even more authenticity to a fine-tuned piece of intelligent populism that should be seen at all costs.”

The Scotsman
“The band – played in Edinburgh by the great Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band – strike up The Floral Dance and as the music soars out into the auditorium, the air shudders and comes alive.
For this sound is the absolute embodiment of what ordinary human beings can achieve when they band together, in harmony and solidarity………….
………..In the end, though, this is a show about the whole 13-strong ensemble and the band; about the spirit of community”

Thom Dibdin
“The show features rousing live music from the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band; an amalgamation of the Dalkeith Burgh and Monktonhall Colliery brass bands, which came together in 1989 due to financial hardship and a lack of players. It’s a threat paralleled within the story. The skilled band complements the story well, successfully capturing and rendering the range of emotions and themes explored."

Open Rehearsal

Come along and support us at our open rehearsal as we prepare to represent the area at the Scottish Championships in Perth next weekend (9th March).

Where: Castlepark Bowling Club, Prestonpans
When: Thursday 6th March 2014, 19:30 - 20:30 (informal: drop in/drop out)
What: Open rehearsal of 'Cry of the Mountain': UK National Brass Band test piece for the Scottish Championships

Hope to see you there, and thanks for your continued support.

Solo Success

On Saturday Nov 30th two of the band’s youngest players took part in the East of Scotland Solos, which is a qualifier for the Scottish Solo Championships. In what was a very successful day, huge congratulations to our Eb bass player Archie McVicar, who won the u12 category and our 1st horn Iona McVica who came 2nd in the u16’s in her first year at this age group.

Archie and Iona now qualify for the Scottish Solo and Ensemble Finals on 1/2 February 2014 in Howden Park Centre. Livingston.

Christmas Schedule

We’ve had a great summer of concerts and we’re heading for our winter season. See us at our Christmas Concert in Haddington West Church on 5th December and again in St Davids High School in Dalkeith on the 8th December. Our annual fun night and awards ceremony is in Castlepark Bowling Club on 6th December £3 entry gets you soup and stovies! Contact Heather via our website for details of all of these.

Our learners classes are still growing from strength to strength and we still have instruments available – contact us for details.

Scottish Open - Perth Nov 23rd

The band is currently hard at work preparing for the Scottish Open Contest, to be held in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 23 November. We’ll be playing the test piece ‘Contest Music’ by Wilfred Heaton.

Come along to our open rehearsal on Monday 18th November starting 7:30 and give us a bit of support: Castlepark Bowling Club in Prestonpans. Hear the test piece, meet the players – free entry and we look forward to seeing you.

If you’d like to come to Perth and support us, we have a few places available on the ‘band bus’: Follow the band through the morning warm-up, and hear us representing your area and competing with some of the UK’s top bands in a great venue – contact Heather our Secretary if you are interested.

A busy Autumn season starts.

Rehearsals are now well in hand for our autymn and winter programme and upcoming appearances. The band has a busy winter season of concerts and contests planned.

The concert season started with a concert in St Mary's Church in Dalkeith for the Tommy Campbell Memorial Concert - in memory of our late marching drummer and treasurer. The concert included the dedication of our brand new marching drum to Tommy's memory during the concert - a special moment for us.

Next sees us off to a new venue for us: St Mark's Church in Portobello for a concert on the evening of Friday 6th September. This event is part of the churches week of exhibitions and events and we're really pleased to support them in this new venture. Doors open at 7 for a 7:30 start. Tickets from the church, or pay at the door.

Preparations start soon for the band to take part in a contest this November in Perth. We'll be competing in the Scottish Open Brass Band Contest. Watch out for open rehearsals: come along and support us!!

Band returns from Summer Break

The band has now resumed rehearsals after its short summer break. We are now working towards our concert and contest schedule for the second half of 2013

Watch out for the Tommy Campbell Memorial Concert on August 15th in St Mary's Church in Dalkeith Country Park. Tommy Campbell was member of the church and the band all of his life, and was our treasurer until he passed away 2 years ago - this concert is a very special occasion! Tickets are available from the band or the church.

We've welcomed some new players into our ranks and are planning our winter concerts and contests now - if we can help YOUR organisation: church or community group and stage a joint concert to generate some income or interest over the next few months - contact the Secretary NOW - the diary is filling up!!!

Our JUNIOR BAND has vacancies in the learners classes ranks - anyone who wants to learn (no upper age limit, but learners over the age of 8 are welcomed): free instruments provided and tuition by experienced players - contact the Secretary - we are based in the Red School (in the grounds of Prestonpans Infant School) in Prestonpans. The learners’ classes are on Wednesdays.

Summer Break

The band is taking a welcomed and deserved short summer break – returning to rehearsals on Thursday July 25th.

Our next outing after the summer break is Dalkeith Parade on Saturday 3rd August - on the same day it's Gullane Games - a fantastic family day out on the village green. Our band has supported this event continuously now for 42 years!!!!

DALKEITH AND MONKTONHALL BRASS BAND - your local champions in the Lothians communities…….

After a successful Spring Concert season (Prestonpans British Legion, Haddington West Church and the joint concert with Kidlington Concert Brass in St Mary's Church, Dalkeith, we're into the Gala season now. The Band has been performing at  Loanhead Parade on Friday evening (14th June), Prestonpans Gala Day (Saturday 15th June) and Loanhead Gala Day on Saturday 22nd June.

Dalkeith and Monktonhall - In Concert

Dalkeith & Monktonhall Brass Band are in concert on Thursday 30th May in St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Dalkeith with Kidlington Concert Band. Concert starts at 7.30 pm doors open at 7 pm. Come along and enjoy our new concert programme.

Brassed Off!

DALKEITH AND MONKTONHALL BAND are to work closely with the Touring Theatre Consortium during 2014 in their UK production of the stage play 'Brassed Off'.

The band have been asked by the play's Director and production staff to 'play the role' of Grimley Colliery Band when the stage show visits the Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, in April 2014.

The 'job' consists of the band playing live on stage in all of the performances, playing many of the favourite tunes that were featured in the original movie. The band's ranks will be 'bolstered' by actors during the performances including of course the flugel player 'Gloria' who plays the famous Rodriguez Concerto d'Aranjuez ('Orange Juice').

Rehearsals for the event are planned well in advance, with choreography sessions including a 'marching' scene planned for January next year.

It is thought that the event will mark the play's first ever performance in Scotland.

The band can be heard at their concerts throughout the year. Our next performances are in Haddingtom West Church on 23 May, and a joint concert with Kidlington Band (Oxfordshire) in St Mary's Church in Dalkeith Park on 30th May.

New Faces!

Now that the Scottish Championships is behind us, the band would like to welcome their latest signings; Iona McVicar, Thomas Harmar and John Cotton. All have just taken to the stage in their first contest with the band. Iona joins the band on 1st horn, Thomas joins on Solo trombone and John joins the cornet rank on repiano. Welcome to you al!!

What a Year!

It's been a busy old year for the band. One that's needed a lot of organising and commitment, but it's been very rewarding too. We've competed at the Scottish Championships in March and qualified for Cheltenham, we've carried out concerts and gala day marches throughout the summer months, we've got more concerts planned over the coming Christmas months as well as taking part in the Remembrance Day Service in Prestonpans and preparing for the Scottish next year.

 The biggest engagement by far this year has been our trip to Cheltenham. We competed in the 1st Section National Finals in September this year against some incredibly good bands. Our result of 12th in Britain was fantastic and we're proud of the achievement we've made. It was a very long way to go, but it was an enjoyable weekend for all involved and an experience which a lot of our players will never forget.

 As well as being busy with all these engagements, we've been busy player wise too. Unfortunately we lost a number of players throughout the year, all because of movements to far off places. Everywhere from London and Nottingham to Australia!! We hope to have these positions permanently filled very soon….keep a look out for new signing updates.

 We've still got plenty engagements coming up so take a look at our 'engagements' page of the website to see where you can next come along and hear us. There's a social event in there too. Pop along and have a drink with us!!


We would like to welcome three new signings to the band. Joining us in our percussion section is Chris Hart and Sandeep Khutan. Chris made his debut with the band at our concert in Haddington at the end of May and made his marching debut with the band at Loanhead Gala on the 23rd June. Sandeep has helped out the band on a number of occasions in the past and has recently decided to permanently join our line up for Cheltenham and beyond.

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Section F: Motions and Amendments

*S4M-02464 Colin Beattie: High Honours for Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band—That the Parliament congratulates Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band on winning second place in the first section competition at the Scottish Brass Band Championship; understands that the band, under the direction of Jim Chamberlain, will represent Scotland at the National Brass Band Championship of Great Britain, to be held in Cheltenham in September 2012; highlights the band’s popularity in the Championship Section of the competition, being named one of the top 10 bands in Scotland and top 100 in the UK; applauds what it considers to be the hard work and talent of the musicians and band director in this achievement, and wishes them the best of luck at the National Brass Band Championship.
Supported by: Rob Gibson

Success at Scottish Championships!!

The band have had a very successful weekend at the Scottish Brass Band Championships which were held on Sunday the 11th of March in Glenrothes. Competing in the 1st section against 10 other bands, the band were awarded 2nd place.

 This means that the band are now promoted to the Championship section, the most prestigious section in brass banding. We also qualify to represent Scotland and our local community at the National Finals which will be held in September in Cheltenham. This will be the band's 3rd trip to the Nationals in 5 years.

As well as this, we also receive an invitation to the Scottish Shield contest which is held in Perth Concert Hall in November.

 The band are over the moon with this achievement and a lot of hard work and effort has gone into the performance we gave. A special 'thank you' must be made though to our hardworking and dedicated MD, James Chamberlain who has been a great role model to the band over the past 7 years.

CD on Sale: Cry Me A River

The band has recently recorded a new CD which will be titled 'Cry Me A River' which is now on sale.The CD will sell at £12 and can be pre-ordered by contacting the band secretary.

Training Band

Our training band are currently recruiting those who would like to learn to play a brass instrument. As long as you are over the age of 7, you can come along. Check out the Junior Band section of our website our contact our band secretary.