As Dysart Colliery Silver Band make their way into the Third Section for the first time in 50 years, it is a pleasure to be able to introduce our new MD – Kenneth Letham. Graduating in the class of 2002 from the RSAMD (now the Royal Scottish Conservatoire), Kenny quickly rose up the ranks playing trombone for Lochgelly, Kelty, Kingdom Brass, Bo’ness and Carriden and the Co-operative Funeralcare Band, before moving his playing to cruise ships all over the world. He currently works as a brass instructor in schools throughout Fife. Kenny’s conducting career has included taking the baton at Lochgelly, where he competed in both the Senior Trophy and the Championship Section of the Scottish Championships; Shotts St Patrick with whom he won the Fife Brass Band Festival in 2015 and MacTaggart Scott Loanhead, with whom he oversaw their return to and growth in the Third Section.
Speaking of his return to the baton, Kenny stated: “It had been my intention to take a break from conducting; that lasted all of one month. But after coming to help out over their Christmas period [The Band] inspired me. There is a lot of potential here and I wanted to see how far we could progress.”
Rev. Ron Rye, Solo Euphonium and media co-ordinator commented: “Kenny has undeniable musicianship and a pedigree that speaks of both a desire to win and also bring out the best from the players he leads. He is a teacher as well as a conductor and for the varying backgrounds that make up our band, it was this unique makeup that appealed to us. This, coupled with his work ethic, were the reasons why he slotted into our ensemble and we are excited about the future as we enter into the Third Section.
Kenny’s first engagement with the band will be the DCSB Christmas Concert at St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy on the 9th December 2017 @ 7.30pm (Ticket information can be found on our website: www.dysartband.co.uk or our Facebook site). He will then take us through to the Third Section Scottish – our first time competing at this level in 50 years – where we hope to once again put on a good show that will raise a few eyebrows.