Top brass takes the helm at Saxhorn Band

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HAWICK Saxhorn Band has recruited one of Scotland’s most talented musicians to take the baton as musical director.

Highly qualified and experienced conductor, composer, and judge, Alan Fernie has been appointed to help with both the senior and youth bands. Originally from Newtongrange, but having studied in London and Glasgow, Mr Fernie is also the conductor of Langholm Town band, chairman of the Scottish Borders Brass Band Association, and conductor of the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band.

Hawick band spokesman Brian Emmerson commented: “The band is delighted to have the services of one of Scotland’s most talented and experienced musicians to work alongside Greig Murray with the seniors, and Rob Hume with the Youth Band. Alan is recognised not only throughout the UK but internationally.”

Mr Fernie, who lives in Selkirk, said: “I am very much looking forward to my new role in Hawick. The junior band are very good, and I hope to bring the senior band up, and to attract new players, maybe even ex-players still in the town.”