Soprano Cornet - Gregor Beattie
Gregor joined Shotts in 2013. Originally from Carnoustie now living in Glasgow, Gregor studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and now works as a music teacher in Lanarkshire. As well as playing with Shotts, Gregor also performs in a range of brass and orchestral ensembles and can often be seen on stage performing with Glasgow-based electro/indie group Dead Man Fall.
Repiano cornet - Vikki Murphy
Vikki started playing in Shotts junior band in 1989, moving into the senior band circa 1994. After a break from playing to concentrate on her studies Vikki made a permanent return to the band in 2014. A nurse by day, Vikki is also an accomplished trumpet player and can often be seen on stage performing with Glasgow-based electro/indie group Dead Man Fall.
2nd Cornet - Diane Darragh
Diane has been a member of Shotts Brass Band since the early 2000s. Her favourite banding memory is - and always will be - when her son joined the band on stage in 2002. Bobby played percussion with the band on a day in which the band triumphed to victory securing 1st place at the Scottish Brass Band Championships - qualifying for promotion to the 2nd section but also a trip to the National Finals in Torquay.
Second Cornet - Jack Mullen
Jack has been part of Shotts St Patricks Band for 60 years. This picture was taken in 2016 when Jack was presented with his SBBA Lifetime membership medal. A past band president, Jack's favourite piece of all time is 'Revelation' and his favourite banding memory is the band's 1973 victory at the Blackpool Miners' Contest where the band performed 'Overture - Promenade'.
Third cornet - Katrina Duffy
Daughter of the band's 3rd cornet player William, Katrina made her return to Shotts in 2006 - having been part of the band in the early 90's. Her favourite banding memory is playing at her first contest alongside her Dad - the Scottish Championships in 2006. Katrina's favourite piece is 'Londonderry Air' and her least favourite is 'Be A Clown'
Third cornet - William Duffy
One of our longest serving band members, Willie joined Shotts Band in 1962 so in 2014 received his SBBA Lifetime medal. Willie also recently made the move from Soprano to 3rd cornet to help strengthen the section in preparation for the contest stage, for which the band are extremely grateful. He recounts the band's British Miners win in 1973 with 'Overture - Promenade' as a highlight of his banding career and 'Revelation' is his favourite testpiece.