Band preparing for return to competition

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Chairman Richard Baer welcomed an excellent turnout of members to Forfar Instrumental Band’s recent Annual General Meeting and gave a brief report on the past years’ activities.

The band continued to serve the local community all year round and during the summer activity ranged from leading the praise at a service in the grounds of Restenneth Priory to giving a programme of light music in the Square at Kirriemuir in connection with the TMSA Festival. There were also concerts in the Reid Park and various Dundee venues in between.

Winter’s activities included the Remembrance Service at the Cross in Forfar, the annual concert at the cricket club and a service at St Andrews Church, Kirriemuir as well as the switch-on of the Christmas lights in Forfar. Even on Christmas Eve the Band went to Letham to lead a programme of carol singing.

Terrence Jackson, musical director, spoke of his satisfaction at the band’s progress in quality of sound and musicality. He has with the band for almost a year and is now looking forward to contesting once again.

At the end of his address Mr Baer announced that due to a change in personal circumstances he was standing down as Chairman after 14 years in the post. He was thanked for his calm temperament and good leadership which had strengthened and focused the management of the organisation.

As well as playing, Mr Baer has taken on the role of deputy conductor and organises what has now become an annual sponsored walk to raise funds. Elayne Buchan was elected as the new Chairwoman.

The band is currently preparing to enter the Scottish Championship contest which will be its first contest this century.

It had to retire from contesting, after managing to get to the 1999 championship, due to lack of players. Gordon Evans, former musical director, introduced some new players and under his leadership attendances improved dramatically. This position has been consolidated to the extent of having very good attendances at all rehearsals and performances. The band is on track to attend the championships (Fourth Section) in Perth on March 14 and the Northern Counties Association open contest in May.