You see the St. Ronan’s Silver Band at the following events during the Festival:
- Participants in the main programme in the marquee on friday evening
- Grand Festival Parade through Ellmau on Saturday 12.10.2019
- Saturday evening at the festival marquee
History of the Band:
St. Ronan’s Silver Band is the oldest Band in Scotland, founded in 1810.
Today, the Band is the most active arts organisation in the town of Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders, providing music and entertainment for numerous events as well as tuition for local children and young people. St. Ronan’s is one of the Borders most successful contest bands with three Scottish Championship titles in the Fourth, Third and Second Sections of Scottish Banding.
The Band promotes a popular concert series every year and plays a leading role in St. Ronan’s Border Games and Cleikum Ceremonies, Innerleithen’s Annual Festival. The Band also participates in Peebles Beltane Festival, Walkerburn Summer Festival, Strathaven Gala Day and many other events within the district and beyond.
The St. Ronan’s Family of Bands incorporates a Training Group, Drum School, St. Ronan’s Future Band (youth band) as well as the main band, involving over sixty musicians in total. The organisation places strong emphasis on the training and development of all its players, including many children and young people. The St. Ronan’s Future Band performs extensively in its own right giving a rich outlet or young brass and percussion players.
The Band works closely with a number of national, regional and local organisations and our young players are noted participants within the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland and the Scottish Borders Youth Brass Band. Locally, our partners include the wonderful Innerleithen Pipe Band and the two groups perform regularly together
Following the St. Ronan’s successful performances at Blasmusik Festival 2017, the Band is delighted to return for the 2019 Festival along with the pipes and drums of Innerleithen Pipe Band.
St. Ronan’s will be under the leadership of Kenny Letham, the Band’s Musical Director. Kenny Kenny began playing the trombone at the age of 12 in his local brass band and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music for five years before taking up employment in the USA playing on board cruise ships, a career which took him around the world for five years. On his return to the UK Kenny became a busy freelance performer and session artist with groups as diverse as the RSNO, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the band Mogwai. Kenny is a dedicated educator and is currently employed as an instrumental instructor as well as continuing to perform and also conduct brass bands. Kenny has been working with St. Ronan’s since autumn 2018 and the Band is enjoying his enthusiastic and skilled approach.