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Jimmy Blair Accordion Orchestra was originally formed by Jimmy Blair, as part of his wider music school in the early 1970s. The original orchestra was also split into smaller orchestras which competed at Preparatory, Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced levels at National competitions. During the 1970s, the orchestra came to be the dominant force on the competition scene, winning competitions in all orchestra sections as well as many of the band members winning group, duet and solo sections. The band also played concerts at home and abroad, notable foreign visits included trips to France, Belgium and Canada. With the untimely death of Jimmy Blair, the band was taken over by his wife Lola, who continued the bands success. Gary Blair, Jimmy Blairs son, took over the running of the band with the death of his mum, in the late 1980s. Gary maintained the high standard of the band, but unfortunately the band folded in the later 1980s due to a lack of commitment.