Dysart Colliery


Formed in 1880 the band known as Dysart Town Band, later become the local Colliery band. Dysart’s last major success prior to this year, was winning the Scottish Championships fourth section in 1921. Numbers declined and the demise of the coal industry took its toll on the band and it struggled for many years to survive. Around 2006 the band started to contest and after ten years of slow progress the band felt there was a good opportunity in 2016. However, failure to do well prompted the band to develop a very proactive route map towards the 2017 Scottish Nationals, see website, with a vision of ‘Going for Gold’. In June 2016 the band appointed Ross Brotherston, a young conductor whose passion and dynamic approach quickly rubbed off on the band.

2016 finished with the band winning Best Fife “B” band and section winners at Fife Charities Band Association Contest, followed by section win at the Scottish Challenge in November.

These results paved the way for our historic Scottish Regional win at Perth in March.

Having a plan of action clearly brought a renewed focus and was vital to the success. Immediately following the result in March we embarked on a new vision ”Believe” to try and bring more success. There is a different atmosphere in the band and a real sense of everybody working together towards a shared aim, with enthusiasm and confidence.

Only one previous Nationals appearance - 62 years ago (Section 2 1945)!

Principal Players

Principal Cornet - Clare Haddow

Soprano Cornet - Chris Young

Flugel Horn - Aileen Cunningham

Solo Horn - Fiona Dick

Solo Euphonium - Rev Ron Rye

Solo Baritone - Hannah Higgins

Solo Trombone - Sandy Hutchison

Eb Bass - Calum Watson

Bb Bass - Jacky McKenna

Percussion - Judith Kerr / Julia Davidson