Midlothian’s oldest continuously running Brass Band , Penicuik Silver Band ( est1835) have gained promotion to  the 3rd section of the Scottish Brass Band  Association national league  after  the Scottish  national championships held in Perth Royal Concert Hall in March this year . The new  averaging system has meant a short  but  anxious wait to confirm that  the band has had the most consistent results of  competing bands in the fourth section over  the past two years. This was confirmed by the SBBA national committee last week , allowing band members to put away their calculators and start to celebrate after a 33 year wait to regain  3rd section status.  A band  spokesperson said:
”  The band has worked so hard over these years to try to achieve this goal, and it means a great deal to all of us . Some band  members  have retired or moved on to other bands over these years , whilst  younger players have never experienced success at the Scottish level . We hope friends , former players and relatives in the  town and further afield will be  as pleased to see  this result as we all are “

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