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Through time the composition of the dance bands changed and saxophones became the predominant instruments and between the two world wars "Jock" Paterson's band was in great favour and played at Turnberry Hotel when any big function was held there. Then accordions took pride of place, in turn giving way to the guitar which seems to be the favourite instrument in all bands at the present time. The Maybole dance band enthusiasts always kept up with the modern trends and were in great demand, and "Mackays" band played throughout the whole of the west country, being noted for its excellent performance and rhythm.  (From Maybole, Carrick's Capital. Facts, Fiction & Folks by James T. Gray,)

This was a local band called the Sylvians. This photo. was taken in the Catholic hall in Girvan on VJ day! George Steel, John Dobie, Robert Hempkin, Borthwick Smith, Jim McDonald, T.McGowan (hallkeeper) and Jack Symington on piano. Photograph contributed by Bill McCubbin.

Paterson's Ragtime Band approx 1930. Contributed by George Wales.

Another photo of the Sylvians contributed by Bill McCubbin. Jim McCulloch, Jimmy Colquhoun, Alex MacKay, Borthwick Smith, Robert Hempkin  and Jim McDonald

The Jack Cook Band

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This is a picture of the latter years of Jack Cook's Band. Those Maybolians  who went dancing in the town hall in the late fifties will recognise these  faces. Jimmy Ferguson, Ian McDowall, John Hempkin and Jack Cook. Photograph contributed by Bill McCubbin.

Bobby Law, Jim McCulloch, Len Girvan, Andrew Gardiner, John Hempkin, Albert Holmes. Band with Maybole musicians is from the early 50's. Taken at Culzean Castle. Photograph contributed by Bill McCubbin.

To the left is a picture of the Ayrshire Yeomanry band in the middle 50's.  Apparently when there ceased to be a brass band in Maybole the talents of  some of the players was appreciated elsewhere. This band was the Territorial  Army band in Ayr at that time.  Some of the "Maybole boys" were:- Back 2nd left Charlie McDonald 2nd right Tom  Cuthbert  Middle John Hempkin and Jim McDonald  Front Extreme left Arthur McColm 2nd right John Gray. Photograph contributed by Bill McCubbin.


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