120 years of the Montrose Town Band

Montrose Town Band
Montrose Town Band

Fed up of the world Cup already? Not particularly interested in the France v Switzerland match on Friday evening?

Why not enjoy some musical entertainment instead, and come along to Montrose Town Band’s annual concert?

The concert is extra special this year, as the Town Band celebrates 120 years of brass band music in Montrose.

Bandmaster Jim Easton has selected a full and varied programme of music throughout the years, ranging from ‘Man O Brass’ and ‘Jamie’s Patrol’ from 1900 to Michael Buble’s ‘Haven’t Met you Yet’ from 2009.

One of the highlights will be the performance by the Brass Buttons, the very youngest members of Montrose Town Band. They will be playing ‘Ode to Joy’ and ‘The Surprise Symphony’. The teenage section, Big Shiny Brass, will also be on stage.

The concert finishes with the grand ‘Death or Glory’ (1910). For the third year, the Band is delighted to welcome Mr Joe Wishart as compere for the evening. With his renowned enthusiasm and flair, he will welcome the audience and give detailed introductions to all the musical items. This is an historic occasion for the Band, celebrating 120 years in Montrose, entertaining the townsfolk and providing music for many and varied official events in the town. The first bandmaster was Mr James Milne, in the late 1890s. Present bandmaster, Mr Jim Easton, whose father, Robert, was also in the band, joined as a young boy. He has been involved off and on ever since, taking over as bandmaster in 1981.

One interesting change in the Band since it was formed, is that there were no women members until the 1970s. Now, at least half of the band are female.

All are invited to Montrose Academy at 7.30 p.m. this Friday (June 20) for a night of musical entertainment.