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In 1904 they were again top of the Scottish Championship bands. In 1977, under the leadership of David Richardson (The SNO's General Administrator) they were not only the Scottish Champions but were also placed fifth in the UK National Brass Band Championship in London. That year saw James Anderson (euphonium), Gus Mitchell (horn), Archie Sutherland and Willie Rodger (cornets) take the Scottish Quartet Championship. In the first European Championship, which was held the following year (again at the Royal Albert Hall), they secured an unbelievable fourth position behind Black Dyke (England), Grimethorpe (England) and Solan (Sweden). The conductor was the late Bryden Thomson, a name normally associated with the concert hall.

In 1984 and 1987 the Band managed to secure second place at the Scottish Championships and you only have to look to 1995 to find the band's last win there.

Over the years the Band has also appeared on radio and television, their most recent engagement being a radio performance in September 1987. Incidentally their first radio performance took place on Friday 5th September 1930! Sadly BBC Scotland have discontinued the broadcast of Brass Band programs.

An illustrious past indeed, but some of the later successes very nearly did not happen. On the 13th March 1956 the band hall containing the instruments and music was totally destroyed. The estimated loss was 4,000 a large sum in those days. The bandsmen through an enormous act of willpower turned the catastrophe round and got help from all quarters. The famous writer/arranger for brass band, Eric Ball, sent a large bundle of music. Other bands throughout Scotland sold many raffle tickets to greatly help the Band. The people of Bo'ness rallied to its aid and the Council sponsored an appeal. The debt generated by the purchase of so many new instruments was miraculously cleared by everyone's sheer determination and hard work. Some years later, an extreme act of generosity saw Harrison the builders donate the material to build a new hall. The players and supporters used their own sweat and muscle to build the present band hall in Boundary Street (Bo'ness). It has been named HARRISON HALL in honour of this magnanimous gesture.

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2001 - CONTEST AT PRESTON
 
2001 - CONTEST AT PRESTON
 
THE BAND IN 2004
 
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