Scottish Brass Band Champions - 2013
Principal Eb Bass - Graham Fraser
Graham started playing euphonium at the age of 11 with Penicuik Silver Band - his local town band - before joining Whitburn at the age of 16 on second euphonium. In 2003, Graham moved from euphonium to tuba and became the Principal Tuba player with Whitburn a few months later.
He then went on to serve as the Principal Tuba with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for the next four years, including the band’s landmark tour of Japan.
Graham has featured as a soloist with Whitburn on many occasions, including two performances on BBC Radio 2’s Listen to the Band programme. In 2006, he became the Scottish Solo Champion, a title he retained in 2007. Graham has also been awarded the ‘Best Tuba’ award at these championships on four occasions.
Graham's greatest accolade came in May 2007, when he was placed fourth overall and won the Best Tuba prize at the European Brass and Percussion Solo competition, which was held as part of the European Brass Band Championships in Birmingham.
Eb Bass - Robert Fraser
Robert started playing at the age of 12 and played various instruments with various bands until joining Whitburn in 2004 on 2nd Eb bass, where he remained until moving away for work commitments in 2011.
He was the bandsman of the year in 2005 and won best bass sections awards at the Scottish Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
He is delighted to be back in Whitburn Band from 2013 as he work commitments have changed again. Robert was also a member of NYBBS and West Lothian Schools Band.
Principal Bb Bass - Alan Gourlay
Alan joined the band from Whitburn Junior Band in 1996.
He has also played with West Lothian Schools Brass Band, winning the National Youth Championships several times, the European Youth Championships three times, and the best instrumentalist prize at the National Youth Championships in 1998.
He has toured Australia, USA and Holland with bands and won the Scottish Championships with Whitburn in 1999, 2008, 2011 and 2013.
Bb Bass - Neill Gourlay
Neill Started playing with Whitburn Junior Band at the age of 9 before joining West Lothian Schools Brass Band, with which he toured Australia.
He also played with Bathgate and Unison Kinneil bands before joining his brother, Alan, at Whitburn in 2006.