Honorary President – Eddie McKenna
Eddie has been with the band since it started in 1956, having played with Kinneil Band before they took the decision to become a brass band. Eddie was the band President for nearly 50 years, but took the decision to stand down from this position in 2009. He has played a variety of woodwind instruments in the band and has helped provide lessons for our saxophone learners.
President – Jon Molloy
Jon took over as President in 2009, having previously been Vice President and Secretary. Originally starting with the band as a saxophone player, he is now found in the cornet section. He was Bursar for Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools in Edinburgh and spends his spare time chasing after his children Grace and Peter as well as orienteering.
E-Mail Jon or phone 01506 842857
Vice President – Seonaid Scott
Seonaid joined the band in 1995 having followed them one Marches day. After one rehearsal, she found herself joining the band at the Bo’ness Fair. Seonaid original instrument was clarinet, but she now plays french horn with the band. Seonaid is H&S Manager for Clackmannanshire Council and is a keen Highland and Scottish Country Dancer, and has also been known to be found on the trains in Bo’ness. Any spare time is spent looking after her daughters Ruth and Hannah.E-Mail Seonaid
Secretary – Karen Crook
Karen plays the clarinet and has been secretary of the band since 2011. She has recently retired from various roles as an IT Project Manager to spend more time in the garden, hillwalking, cycling and skiing (depending on the season!).E-Mail Karen or phone 07732 995482
Treasurer – David Mutch
David has been involved with Linlithgow Reed Band since his son Christopher joined when he was 8 years old (now in his 30s), helping out where needed as a parent does. He then joined the Committee as a non-playing Committee Member 23 years ago and then became Treasurer 21 years ago. E-Mail David
Lex studied flute at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and won performing prizes in two consecutive years. He still performs as a freelance orchestral and solo flute player. He has conducted numerous wind ensembles including West Lothian Schools’ Wind Ensemble, and has also worked with the National Youth Wind Ensemble of Scotland. Having taught flute for more than 20 years and woodwind instruments for 12 years, he has produced musicians who have achieved at the highest level. Lex is currently a Chartered Teacher of Music at Linlithgow Academy in West Lothian where he conducts a variety of musical ensembles.
Committee Members –
Colin acquired the music bug when learning to play the violin at school. After that he harboured a covert desire to play the saxophone. This was eventually fulfilled some 10 years ago, when collecting his daughter, Olivia (who plays the clarinet in the band), from a Training Band Open Day and a solitary saxophone happened to be lying there. Colin has spent most of his working life in the salmon industry. He has recently retired, and now his days are mainly spent in the garden growing vegetables or in the kitchen baking!
Richard starting coming along to the band to provide transport for his daughter, Emma. However, it wasn’t long before he was encouraged to pick up some spare percussion instruments and join in. Richard is our Wardrobe Master and his dressmaking skills are legendary in repairing uniforms and even dressing a bear in a replica uniform. He works as a supervisor for Falkirk Council.
After a career in the Textile and Clothing Industries and with retirement looming in 2012, Tony decided he wanted to retrain on the tuba he last played in his school brass band. After a year in the Training band Tony moved to the Main band an ambition finally realised, having lived in Linlithgow since 1977. He is also a member of Linlithgow RFC Male Voice Choir and hobbies include hill walking and swimming.
Having briefly played the french horn at school, Donald always had an ambition to play the trumpet. That ambition was fulfilled when he joined the band as a learner with his daughters Ellie and Lucy in 2015. Donald now plays in both the Training and Main Bands and was elected as a committee member in 2018. As many parents will appreciate, much of his spare time is taken up providing a taxi service to his teenage girls!
Carsten Frietag lives in Arnsberg and was given honorary membership in recognition of the outstanding contribution he made to the band’s trip to Germany in July 2011 (and since!) Carsten has played in a number of bands in the region, and has even made appearances as drummer at Linlithgow Marches.
Euan Cutler has played in the band for over 50 years. He has been instrumental in getting young players to join the band – he regularly badgered young musicians as he went about his job as Janitor at Linlithgow Academy. His daughters Karen and Laura have also played with the band, although they both now live too far away.
Jim Scotland played Clarinet with the band for many years and taught a number of young members how to play. He was also conductor of our Junior Band for a number of years.
Joe Kilgallon has also had a long association with the Reed Band. He played Bass and was Vice President for a number of years. His wife Dolly was famous for her teas at fundraising events, and his granddaughter Sharon played Clarinet.
Alex Grant is our newest Honorary Member having been voted as an Honorary Member at the 2021 AGM in recognition of his many years of service to the band. After spending his working life as a school janitor, he is now most regularly found supporting Linlithgow Rose.