Whitburn Band

             

 

                   (Registered Charity - SC044829)

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Principal Horn - Iain Fleming

 

Born in Edinburgh in 1958, Iain began his brass band career with Penicuik Silver Band at the age of fourteen.  Initially playing the cornet he quickly moved to Tenor Horn, and has never looked back.  Later playing with National Youth Brass Band of Scotland, Newtongrange Silver, Hammonds Sauce Works and Faireys Engineering Bands. Iain has settled with Whitburn Band where he has been Principal Horn since 1984.

 

As a soloist with bands he has played all over the world, and has many titles to his name. Four-time Scottish Solo Champion and five times East of Scotland champion, Iain also has trophies for Best Horn in the Scottish Solo Championships, and won best soloist over forty on several occasions.  In 2004 he was the first winner of the new prize for Best Horn awarded at the Scottish Brass Band Championships and won it again in March 2006.  Not content with Scottish solo titles, he was twice winner of the National Mineworkers Tenor Horn prize when Principal Horn with Newtongrange in the 1980’s and in November 2006 was awarded 5th place overall and best Horn at the British Open Solo Championships.

 

Conducting has allowed Iain to pass on knowledge he has gained from some of the best known conductors in the brass band world. He began his conducting career where he began his playing, with Penicuik Silver Band. With Cowdenbeath Band Iain won an amazing nine trophies at the Fife Charities contest in the Carnegie Hall during 1996. Moving to Dalkeith and Monktonhall Band, Iain was Musical Director in 2002 when they were overall winners at Brass in the Park in Newtongrange.  Iain spent four years with Peebles Burgh Silver Band; in that time the band were promoted to the Third Section and won their section at Brass in the Park and Borders Entertainment contests.  

 

Iain has studied Music at Stevenson College, Edinburgh; achieving distinctions in both the ATCL and LTCL diploma exams. He now hopes to teach brass in schools and pass on his vast experience to young brass players.  

Flugel - Caroline Farren

First Horn - Michael Fleming

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Caroline began playing Cornet aged eight, enthused by the rich brass banding tradition in West Lothian and supported by her first instructor, Margaret Foster.

 

She joined the Broxburn Silver Band, learning the basic skills required for ensemble and solo playing, participating in solo and quartet competitions across Scotland. Caroline was also Principal Cornet of the West Lothian Schools Brass Band and National Youth Brass Band of Scotland for six years.

 

In 2001 she moved on to trumpet and successfully auditioned for the RSAMD (now RCS) where her studies began in 2002 under the tutelage of Nigel Boddice MBE, John Gracie, Peter Franks and Mark O'Keeffe. Caroline graduated in 2008, with a Masters degree in performance. She has performed with the BBCSSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, and Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.

 

In 2003, Caroline won Best Instrumentalist at the National Youth Championships of Great Britain and was invited to perform at the Kneller Hall Music Festival as guest soloist. She won Best Horn (playing Flugel Horn), in the winning performance of Devil and the Deep Blue Sea at the 2012 Scottish Brass Band Championships, and has won several other prizes for Best Flugel.

 

Caroline is currently an instrumental Music Instructor for South Lanarkshire and Falkirk Councils, and has previously taught at the Junior School of the RSAMD and Aberdeen Music School. She has been Musical Director of Whitburn Youth Band since January 2011, and has brought the band great success, including a silver award at the 2013 National Youth Band Championships of Great Britain.

 

Before joining Whitburn Band in November 2012, Caroline played flugelhorn with the Co-operative Funeralcare Band, where she had been a member for nine years, Kinneil Band and Broxburn Silver Band. She looks forward to a long and successful career with the band.

Michael began playing the Tenor Horn at the age of 8 with Penicuik Silver Band in Midlothian, first competing at the Scottish Championships in Troon in the year 2000.

 

Michael moved on at the age of 11 to play with Dalkeith and Monktonhall, moving on to the Solo Horn chair within his first year with the band.

 

In 2003, at the age of 13, Michael moved on to 1st Horn with Whitburn and came 2nd at the British Open in his first contest. A year later he left the band enjoying spells on Solo Horn with Peebles Burgh Band, and a second stint on Solo Horn with Dalkeith and Monktonhall before returning to Whitburn in 2008. He has since enjoyed further contesting success with the band, including two Scottish Championship wins.

 

Michael has also enjoyed success in solo contests through out his career winning the Scottish Under 12 Solo Championships at age 11, and has since had two youth and four Open contest successes at the annual East of Scotland solo championships.

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