Introducing... Dalkeith and Monktonhall Band

Introducing... Dalkeith and Monktonhall Band

Friday, 25 April 2014

The Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band are playing in Brassed Off at the Edinburgh Kings Theatre from 29th Apr - 3rd May 2014.

The band is an amalgamation of the Dalkeith Burgh and Monktonhall Colliery brass bands. The bands came together as one body in 1989 when financial hardship and a lack of players prompted both to get together and form one band.

The Dalkeith Band

The Dalkeith Burgh Band was originally named the Dalkeith and Westfield Trade Band. It’s not known when the band was founded, but it was in existence in 1892 when it led a procession in Dalkeith to welcome a visit from William Gladstone.

In 1904, the band changed its name to Dalkeith and Westfield Trade Band in order to gain a wider support. That same year, the band led a parade in honour of Winston Churchill.

In 1905, the band received a grant from the town council after a vote. There’s no trace of when the band went out of being, but it must have been before 1911, as it didn’t take part in various reported events.

The band was revived as the Dalkeith Burgh Band sometime before 1929 (an exact date again is unknown), as it led the Gala Day procession in that year. In more recent times, the band attracted funding from the coal industry.


The Monktonhall Band

The predecessor of the Monktonhall band was formed in 1918. It was registered as a competition band in 1921 as Prestonlinks Colliery Silver Band and rehearsed in Port Seton, East Lothian.

The Prestonlinks Pit closed in the early 1960s. The band then became known as Prestonpans and District Miners Band until, in 1964, sponsorship from the Monktonhall colliery came along and the title of Monktonhall Colliery Silver Band was adopted.

The colliery was situated in Midlothian and the band rehearsed in Prestonpans, East Lothian. Nowadays, with the colliery closed and demolished, the only contemporary references to Monktonhall are some farm steadings, street and other place names in and around the Musselburgh and Millerhill areas.

The band’s name is based on tradition from the past; however, nowadays, the band attracts players from all over the East/Mid and West Lothians, and Edinburgh City areas. Despite this, the band still strives to integrate with the original specific communities

Click here to visit the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Band website