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Selkirk Silver Band
The band was formed in 1897 during the Silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria when it was known as Selkirk Silver Jubilee Band and through time the "jubilee" has been dropped from the name. Selkirk Silver Band is the common name used although the band' full title is Selkirk Royal Burgh Silver Band, which in itself is also shortened by locals to "The burgh band" or the "Toon Band".
Its many functions and history over the years are very strongly associated with Selkirk Common Riding, providing many original scores and music for the event.The band has had many eventful phases in its life as a competing brass band. The first recorded success was in 1910 when, conducted by C. Reekie, they were awarded 3rd place in the second section, behind Glasgow Co-operative Band, playing the test piece "Porters of Hare".
The following year they achieved the same result and in 1912 improving slightly to gain 2nd place.
Little is known of the competitive side of the band for the next 20 years as they don't appear in the records again until 1936, when they were placed fourth in the third section playing "II Pirata" , conducted by T. Young. The following year they improved by one place, coming third.
Again records are thin until the 1970's, when under the baton of Dave Young, success on the competition stage returned.1972 saw a 3rd place in the fourth section playing "The rising generation". The following two years they gained 4th followed by a 2nd place in the 3rd section. In the 80's and 90's this success continued. Promotion from the 4th section to the third came in 1983 and resulted in the band's first trip to the National finals in London and a performance on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.
A second place in the 3rd section, under Colin Kemp playing Divertimento, meant a return to London, this time to perform in the Royal College of Music.In 1994, now playing in the second section, Colin again conducted the band to second place, gaining a short lived promotion to the first section and completing a hat trick of trips to the finals in London. This time the venue was Wembley.
The band is held in high regard throughout the Borders for its wide range of activities at various functions, fetes and Gala days, but probably best known for providing the music for the townsfolk to sing along to at Selkirk Common Riding.In 2002 the band appeared to have come full circle since its origins relating to Queen Victoria, when the band had the great honour of playing for Queen Elizabeth II on her Golden Jubilee Tour visit to Lauder.