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Selkirk Silver Band



Official photograph

The band was formed in 1897 during the Silver Jubilee of Queen Victoria when it was known as Selkirk Silver Jubilee Band and through time the "jubilee" has been dropped from the name. Selkirk Silver Band is the common name used although the band's full title is Selkirk Royal Burgh Silver Band, which in itself is also shortened by locals to "The burgh band" or the "Toon Band". Its many functions and history over the years is very strongly associated with Selkirk Common Riding, providing many original scores and music for the event.


Fund Raising Trip

The first recorded success as a competing band was in 1910 when, conducted by C. Reekie, they were awarded 3rd place in the second section, behind Glasgow Co-operative Band, playing the test piece "Porters of Hare". The 1980s and 90s was the most successful period as a competing band gaining promotion from the 4th section in 1983 and eventually reaching as high as the 1st section in 1995. A period of somewhat less success saw the band competing once again in the 3rd section in which it came 2nd at this year's Scottish Championships.


Scott's Selkirk

In 2002 the band appeared to have come full circle since its origins relating to Queen Victoria, when the band had the great honour of playing for Queen Elizabeth II on her Golden Jubilee Tour visit to Lauder, and again playing in front of the Queen during the highly prestigious opening of the Scottish Parliament in October 2004.

Also visit our Web site at www.selkirksilverband.co.uk


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