Irvine & Dreghorn

History

The band was formed in 1975 when children from different schools came together to form Irvine Youth Band. The band joined with Dreghorn Youth Band a few years later. Contesting began for the band in 1985, which has seen the band win several contests including their first Scottish Championship win.  1988 saw the band officially become Irvine and Dreghorn Brass Band. 
 
Over the years the band has had the privilege of performing on a variety of stages from contests, concerts and local events, to playing for royalty at the at Dumfries House where the Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla were all in attendance. The band have also been part of the prestigious opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games, and in 2014 we entertained the world’s top sportsmen and women at the Athlete’s Village as part of the Commonwealth Games. 
 
The band has enjoyed many successes over the years, including representing Scotland at the National finals on several occasions, along with success in various Scottish Competitions. 
 
In 2015 the band appointed Musical Director Helen Douthwaite-Teasdale, who lead the band to 2nd place in the 3rd Section Championships qualifying for a trip to the National Championships.
 
2016 saw the band celebrate their 40 Year Anniversary. To mark the occasion the band hosting an anniversary concert and ball, and also had a piece of music commissioned by composer Alan Fernie.
 
This year the band won the 3rd Section Championships for the first time. We are looking forward to a busy year fundraising and to having the honour of representing Scotland and Ayrshire at the National Championships.

First Nationals appearance since 2015 (Section 3). Total of 4 previous Nationals appearances, highest Nationals placing was 3rd (S3 1998). Band was created from merger between Irvine Band and Dreghorn Youth Band. Irvine appeared at the Nationals twice (S4 1985 & S3 1987).

 


Principal Players

Principal Cornet: Derek Leitch

Soprano: John Boax

Flugel: Hayley Dickson

Horn: Anne Taylor

Baritone: Kirsty Stephen

Solo Euphonium: Dawn Spence

Solo Trombone: Eilidh Houston

Eb Bass: Alister Cush

Bb Bass: Bryan Keast

Percussion: Carrie Boax

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