Langholm Junior Band
Langholm Junior Band was formed in 1998 following a lottery grant to Langholm Town Band, which allowed the older brass instruments to be handed down to the learners and young persons. Prior to this they were forced to play very old instruments and a lot of the time was wasted with repairs, sticking valves etc. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings between 6.45 pm and 9.30 pm in the Telford Room next to Langholm Town Hall. At Present the playing strength is 18 boys and girls with age groups ranging from 8 yrs to 18 yrs. The Rehearsals are made to be light hearted and interesting, the youngsters work hard and enjoy playing the instruments, attendance is excellent. The instructors are three members of the Langholm Town Band, David Calvert is conductor and instructors are Bob Laidlaw and Selina Brown who also play with the band at concerts. They are also assisted by retired bass player Wull Jeffrey who has been associated with the band for 60 years. The aims of the junior band is to train the pupils up to a standard to join the Langholm Town Band and some of the youngsters are already playing in the senior band.
The start of 2007 sees the band with a playing strength of 20 and in addition there are 9 learners. Christine Calvert and Alison Reid from the Town Band are helping with instruction. Smart white polo shirts have been obtained and the band is taking on a lot more engagements and competitions around the town and further afield. They have played at Galashiels, Moffat and Brass in the Park at Newtongrange. The highlight of the year was the invitation to the band to play at the Scottisg Youth Championships in the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 26th November 2006. Despite the stiff opposition, the adjudicator made encouraging remarks and the Langholm Junior Band was awarded bronze. The top picture to the right of this page shows the members of the band in Glasgow. The middle picture was taken in the park at Langholm in 2005, the same year as the bottom picture was taken of the band with their medals from Brass in the Park at Newtongrange