The band is ready to do the jubilee show


MUSICIANS from across the region will gather in Dumfries next month for a concert celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Annan Town Band is hosting the concert at Crichton Church on Saturday May 28, which will also feature guest performances by talented young musicians from Kirkcudbright Academy.

Under the direction of musical director Andrew Warriner, the group is preparing a special musical program suitable for a royal occasion.

Band manager Dale Simmons said: ‘The Queen is known to be a huge music lover and is in fact a godmother to the National Brass Band Championships of Great Britain where Annan Town Band has represented Scotland on a number of occasions .

“We can’t think of a better way to mark his 70 years of reign than with a celebratory concert.”

And the event will take on added significance, as it is the band’s first major gig since the organization became a registered charity late last year.

Dale continued, “We are committed to spreading the benefits of marching band and music throughout the region, and charitable status will open up even more opportunities for us to do so.

“Crichton Church is a beautiful venue and we think it’s the perfect place to welcome back our loyal supporters after the pandemic, and perhaps introduce some new members of the public to marching band music as well.”

Annan Town Band attracts musicians from all over Dumfries and Galloway and North Cumbria and have recently enjoyed an unprecedented run of success.

After representing Scotland at the European Championships in Switzerland in 2019, the group were crowned Scottish champions in March 2020.

Although they missed over a year of rehearsals due to the pandemic, they were able to continue their good form in their first live post-pandemic contest appearance with a fourth place finish in the UK final last September. .

But while the group hopes to continue the success of the competition, the members are also looking forward to resuming many of their community and youth music activities this year as well.

Committee member Charlotte MacKay said: “At our hearts we are still a community band that just love making music together. Without the dedication of our players and the support of our local community, our recent successes would not have been possible.

“We are delighted to welcome fantastic young musicians from Kirkcudbright Academy as guests at our concert to show that musical creation is alive and well in our region.

“The Jubilee concert is the first opportunity for us to really show what we have managed to achieve over the past 18 months under the most difficult of circumstances, and we look forward to putting on a great show.”

Tickets for are available at and are also available at the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries and Pet Savers in Annan.

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