Linlithgow Reed Band Overview
Members: over 100, spread across the Reed Band, Training Band and Beginners Band
A registered Scottish Charity: SC037031
Affiliated to Scottish Cycling
The Linlithgow Reed Band is well known in the town, appearing in our distinctive red jackets at all major civic functions throughout the year. We are a community concert band, including brass, woodwind and percussion players. Our playing numbers have grown substantially in recent years, thanks to the ‘conveyor belt of talent’ from the Training Band to the main Reed Band. We also now have a Beginners’ Band for those adults or children who are just beginning to learn a new instrument. We offer a warm welcome to new players.
Next year will be the Reed Band’s Diamond Jubilee, having been founded in 1956. There are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline to celebrate this milestone. Over the summer, the band has been in the recording studio and our brand new CD, ‘Marching On’ will be released in time for Christmas. The CD contains many tunes which will be familiar to Linlithgow residents and we hope it will trigger many happy memories – we anticipate high demand!
The CD is now in production and will be launched at our Christmas Concert, which will take place on Sunday 13th December at 7pm in St Michael’s Church. Please come along to enjoy a great evening’s music, compered by Bruce Jamieson.
Looking further ahead, plans are already well advanced for a return trip to Hochsauerland in Germany (twinned with West Lothian), scheduled for July 2016. This will be the band’s sixth visit to the Hochsauerland region, where we have made many good friends over the years.
The Reed Band is fully behind the Kettilstoun project as we would love to have a new home in the planned Community Hub building to use as a rehearsal and storage space. In order to show our support, the Band donated the profits from last year’s Christmas Concert, together with a retiring collection, to the Linlithgow Community Development Trust. More than £800 was raised to support the Trust’s work in Linlithgow and Linlithgow Bridge.
For more information about Linlithgow Reed Band please go to our website or contact the band’s secretary using the email address above.