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St. David's Brass
St. David's Brass was originally formed as St. David's High School Brass Band, with pupils from St. David's High, Dalkeith and its feeder primaries under the leadership of brass teacher John A Dickson. In 1986 the band first appeared on the contesting stage winning the Scottish Youth title.
As players reached the end of their school careers, many wished to carry on playing and from this the St. David's Brass Band was formed. The band's stature grew and in 1998 it won the Scottish 4th Section Brass title, beating many adult bands in the process. 1998 also saw the awarding of National Lottery funding, allowing the purchase of a complete set of instruments to replace the original ones, some of which were older than the grandparents of the children playing them.
The band has played at many events throughout the years, including for the Princess Royal in Holyrood Park, and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland. Players have also triumphed in solo and quartet contests and have held the East of Scotland titles on many occasions. In 2004, the band's biggest contesting success to date was to be crowned Scottish 3rd Section Champions with subsequent promotion to the 2nd Section.
Now the community band is a Scottish Charity, SC028401, run by a committee which is responsible for a Senior Band, a Junior Band, a Beginners Band and also contributes to the running of the High School and Midlothian Schools Brass Bands.
Players come from as far afield as Peterhead, Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Lothians to play in the band and caters for players from university lecturers to primary school pupils.
Concerts take place regularly in the Dalkeith and Edinburgh area, with an ecumenical Christmas charity concert rotating between the Churches in the town in aid of the local charity, Friends of Midlothian's Children. The band also plays at the Dalkeith Festival and other Gala events in Midlothian as well as maintaining its contesting participation in the Scottish 3rd Section.