Whitburn Band was formed in the heart of West Lothian in 1870 and originally served as an outlet for members of the mining community to perform at local parades.
Its first major contesting impact came in 1954 when it became the first Scottish band to secure a National title by winning the 3rd section in London. Progression to the Championship section followed and in 1968 Whitburn won its first Scottish Championship.
Following the appointment of Major Peter Parkes in 1978, Whitburn dominated the Scottish brass band scene and became a regular prizewinner in the major contests in England.
It made regular broadcasts and performed in many of the finest concert halls in Europe, and - in 1990 - was runner-up at the European Championships.
One of the greatest honours in Whitburn’s history was bestowed on the band in 2002 when it was invited to perform in London as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Whitburn Band has been the Champion Band of Scotland on 19 occasions. It is the current holder of that title, and is also the current Scottish Open and Grand Shield champion.
Today, the band continues to make a significant contribution to cultural life in Scotland, performing regularly at major events such as Scotland’s international rugby games to a television audience of millions.
Nationals Contesting History
Appeared 13 times at the RAH since 2000, 34 outings in total. Best result of 3rd (1989 and 1981). Last time not at RAH was in 2009. Other National Finals: S2 twice, S3 twice including 1954 (won).
Soprano - Scott Forrest
Cornet - Chris Bradley
Flugel - Caroline Farren
Horn - Michael Fleming
Baritone - Evelyn Bradley
Euphonium - Scott Kerr
Trombone - Paul Kiernan
Eb Bass - Graham Fraser
Bb Bass - Alan Gourlay
Percussion - Chris Yule