News from 2008

12th December 2008

The band played at a Civic Reception in Carlibar Primary. This was for the Barrhead Burgh Band reaching their 100th anniversary as a Burgh Band. We gave a short performance after which the Provost said he would find money for 12 Tubas @ £4500 each!

30th November 2008

Another early start for our trip to Perth for the Scottish Youth Championships. Barrhead can be very cold at 8am in November. At least the bus will be warm... We arrived in Perth in plenty of time to warm up - instruments and players! The Perth Concert Hall is massive and it's easily the largest venue the band has performed in. We played a mixture of new and old music and even the adjudicators applauded at the end. One of our new pieces was a Tuba solo and Gemma was brilliant. She was not overawed by the occasion or the venue. Well done Gemma. When the results were announced we were given a Silver Award which was well deserved after all the hard work that went into our performance.

5th November 2008

Last week's concert in Eastwood Theatre was a great success. The Barrhead Burgh Band's idea of a round the world theme was quite different with visual presentations of the various destinations being an integral part of the concert. Our contribution took the form of a mini cruise theme and we played Sailing and Cool Calypso with the Caribbean as our final destination. Unfortunately the visual presentation showed a rather dodgy looking ship's captain!

20th October 2008

Rehearsals are now well under way for our biggest concert so far. We will be performing in a concert to be given by Barrhead Burgh Band in Eastwood Theatre, Giffnock on 30th October. The concert's theme is a a trip around the world. Boarding Passes will be issued in place of tickets and prizes will be given relevant to the country we arrive in. The major prize is a holiday for two donated by Barrhead Travel.

30th August 2008

The big day arrived and we set off at 7.30am from Barrhead to play in our first competition at Brass In The Park in Newtongrange. We arrived in plenty of time to listen to some of the other bands who were also playing in the Novice section. Levern Valley Community Band played 7th out of 8 bands and when we finished our performance we all agreed that we had played very well in our first competition. We had a long wait for the results but they were worth waiting for. We were given a Silver Award and we all received medals. The adjudicator's remarks were very helpful and hopefully we will improve as a result.

16th August 2008

This morning we had our first rehearsal after the summer. Well almost... school starts on Monday. We had a good rehearsal for almost 2 hours. There were a few tired lips at the end but we are all looking forward to our first ever competition at Brass In The Park on the 30th August.

19th June 2008

This evening we went to the bowling at Xscape. Everyone had the chance to let their hair down except Mr Deans - you need hair! Unsure about who the eventual winners were but an unbiased guess would have to be the Trombone section.

13th June 2008

Our 1st Annual Concert was held in Bourock Church, Barrhead. The band were in magnificent form as they performed a varied programme of music to a capacity audience. Many compliments were paid to the quality of playing and also to the band's deportment. Local councillor Danny Devlin presented the annual awards to Gemma Carse (Musician of the Year), Christopher Patrick (Most Promising Player) and Johnathan Boyd (Most Improved Player). Committee members worked extremely hard in the build up to the Concert securing a large amount of sponsorship and donations from local businesses. This work in addition to the band's performance meant that we had a very successful evening. 2nd June 2008 As part of Brass Band week Barrhead Burgh Band held an open rehearsal and invited members of LVCB along to join in. Those members taking part in the rehearsal really enjoyed the experience of sitting in with the Burgh band.

8th May 2008

Alan Edmond, SBBA Development Officer, and Brian Deans today visited three local primary schools. The purpose of the visits was to introduce the pupils of St Mark's, St John's and St Thomas' to the great sound of brass instruments. Pupils (and teachers!) took part in the demonstrations and each school had its own X factor competition. The great thing about this year's visit was that band members who only started in August were able to demonstrate how much progress they had made in a short time. Hopefully the visits will result in lots of new players next session.

4th April 2008

Levern Valley Community Brass are featured in this week's edition of "The British Bandsman". This is a weekly publication with a world-wide circulation that has news and information about brass bands at all levels. This week there was an article regarding the differing approaches to the formation of Youth bands in Scotland, Wales and England. Scotland would appear to be doing very well thanks to the good work being carried out by Alan Edmond, the SBBA's Development Officer, in partnership with Local Authorities and Brass Bands. Alan was very helpful when we were forming and recruiting our own band and in the article he has highlighted Levern Valley Community Brass as one of Scotland's success stories.

27th March 2008

Levern Valley Community Brass performed in the East Renfrewshire Instrumental Music Service annual concerts on the 27th March in Newton Mearns Baptist Church. This was the bands first public performance and it played extremely well in front of a large and enthusiastic audience. Many positive comments regarding the band were received by MD, Brian Deans and Instrumental Music Service manager, Donald Finlayson, both of whom were delighted by the band's first performance in public. One other person delighted with the progress the band has made in such a short time was Tom Allan, secretary of Barrhead Burgh Band. At the end of the band's performance Tom presented a £500 cheque to the band on behalf of the Scottish Brass Band Association. In addition to this Tom also issued the band with an invitation to its first competition, Brass In The Park 2009 to be held on 30th August in Newtongrange. (see Photo page)

8th March 2008 - Successful Soloist

Congratulations to one of our cornet players, Connor Culley, on gaining a well deserved second place in the Brass Solo Class at the Glasgow Music Festival.

1st February 2008 - Les Neish Workshop

The band were very pleased to have a visit today from Les Neish. Les is steadily building himself a reputation for himself as a very fine exponent of the Tuba. As well as teaching and free-lancing as a Tuba player, Les is also a member of the world famous Fodens brass band, based in the North West of England. Within a very short time Les built up a great rapport with the band with his relaxed style and superb playing. He covered many important aspects of playing for beginners with lots of fun exercises. Les worked with two Tuba players and one Euphonium player during his visit giving lots of good advice and tips regarding sound and technique. Special mention was made of Gemma Carse a young Tuba player who has only been playing for 4 months. The youngsters were especially impressed with Les's demonstration of multiphonics and with one of his own compositions involving the removal of all the Tuba's tuning slides. The band's MD would really like to thank Les for that one!! Levern Valley Community Brass would like to thank Besson and the West of Scotland Brass Band Association for making the visit of Les Neish possible and we are eagerly awaiting more of the same. (see Photo page)