Scottish Brass Band Champions - 2013
Principal Trombone - Alex Philip
Alex started playing at the age of 13 with Newtongrange Band and went on to study the trombone at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
At that time, he was Principal Trombone with the European Community Youth Orchestra for three years.
He followed a career as a professional freelance trombone player in London, also playing with leading orchestras throughout Britain and in London’s West End theatres.
Alex has now settled down to a teaching career in Midlothian.
Second Trombone - Garry Kennedy
Bass Trombone - Charlie Farren
Charlie began playing brass at the age of eight, but did not begin playing trombone until he was 15.
His banding education began aged 12 with Fauldhouse Miners Band playing Baritone.
By the age of 15, he was Principal Trombone with West Lothian Schools Band. Charlie was also a member of NYBBS and EYO.
Charlie began his studies at Napier University in Edinburgh, tutored by Bryan Free of the RSNO. It was Bryan who persuaded Charlie to change to Bass Trombone.
Charlie then moved to the RSAMD to study under Chris Stern of the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. To complete his studies, Charlie took a BA (Hons) in Band Studies under the guidance of Richard Evans via Sheffield University.
Charlie played as a freelance for a number of orchestras and was fortunate to be part of a number of tours.
On returning home and settling, Charlie joined the CWS Glasgow Band, now the Co-operative Funeralcare Band and enjoyed many successes during his 13 years with the band.
In performance as soloist and in band, Charlie has won the George Gilmour trophy four times and the John Campbell Medal, the only Bass Trombone player ever to win these awards.
Charlie has worked as a Brass instructor with East Lothian Council since 2001 and has won the regional prize for the Yamaha Instructor of the Year. Charlie is also proud to be a member of the tutorial staff at the NYBBS, a position which he began in 2006.
Since joining Whitburn Band in November 2012, success has continued with the band's domestic wins.
Charlie is delighted to be a member of the Whitburn Band and looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship.
Garry began playing the trombone at the age of 10 and it was not long before he was playing for his high school band, St David’s Brass.
He subsequently played Principal Trombone for both Dalkeith and Monktonhall and Bo'ness and Carriden.
Garry was also a member of the Royal Scots TA military band, playing Principal Trombone for eight years, where he enjoyed successful tours of Germany, Gibraltar, Jersey and Inverness!