News from 2009

22nd December 2009

News of our first performance in 2010. We will be taking part in Barrhead Burgh Band's open evening on 25th January. This is being held in the Salvation Army, Barrhead at 7.30

29th November 2009

Scottish Youth Championships in Perth Concert Hall. Unfortunately due to Mr Deans' long-term illness we are unable to take part. This is a disappointment but hopefully we will have some concert work in the new year.

17th September 2009

Rehearsals began at our new venue tonight, Carlibar Primary School. This will allow us to have the use of percussion thanks to East Renfrewshire Instrumental Music Service and enable us to introduce percussion into the band. This is major step forward in our development as a band.

10th September 2009

No rehearsal tonight, off to the Bowling at Xscape in Braehead. Another chance to meet up socially and have some fun for a few hours. The eventual winners were the Trombone section for the second year in a row!

5th September 2009

Brass In The Park has finally arrived. Due to the monsoon weather on the east coast the organisers were unable to use the park and the event was moved indoors to the Scottish Mining Museum. Congratulations to the BITP officials for re-arranging the venue at such short notice. The band played very well and received a Silver Award from the adjudicator, Nigel Boddice, for our effort. Considering there were 11 bands in our section and Mr Boddice only awarded one Gold Award we were delighted with our achievement. As usual we had a great team of supporters cheering us on and we looked really smart in our new stage uniform. Roll on next year!

20th August 2009

First rehearsal of the new session. Preparation began for our visit to Brass In The Park next month. Only 2 more rehearsals left! New intake all began tuition this week. Our new band ties complete with logo also arrived today and look really good.

28th May 2009

This was the date for our Annual Concert in Bourock Church, Barrhead. The increase in membership meant that the concert was moved from the church hall to the church this year. The performance featured music by Mark Vause, Stuart Johnson and Alan Fernie including Basse Dance, Groovy Kind Of Love, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Gonna Fly Now.

Musician of the Year 2008, tuba player Gemma Carse, performed The Policeman's Song and this years winner of the bands Musician of the Year award, Christopher McCloy was joined in a Tenor Horn duet, Theme from Titanic, by Sarah Burns.

The annual awards were presented by Councillor Douglas Yates and in addition to Musician of the Year there were awards for Most Improved Player - Calum Kilpatrick (Cornet) and Most Promising Player - Rebekah Simpson (Trombone)

20th April 2009

The band received news that it had been awarded £5000 through the Scottish Arts Council "Awards For All" scheme. This money will be used to purchase new instruments for the many new recruits who have joined the band this year. We also have 30+ beginners wanting to start playing next August. We are very grateful to the SAC for this funding and it will certainly be put to good use for the benefit of our community.

29th March 2009

The band performed a 30 minute concert in the foyer of the Royal Concert Hall before East Renfrewshire's Celebration of the Arts concert. There were a few nervous faces before we began but these soon disappeared when we started playing. The band played really well and received a lot of praise afterwards. Everyone contributed a lot to the performance but special praise goes to our new members for performing so well in their first outing on such a big occasion.

26th March 2009

We have been very busy rehearsing with the 'new' band. The beginners who started in January have now settled in and have become a great asset to Levern Valley Community Brass. This evening Provost Alex Mackie and Councillor Douglas Yates came along to our rehearsal. They were not alone! They brought with them 50 polo shirts donated by East Renfrewshire Council which they presented to band members. The shirts incorporate the council logo as well as our own brand new logo. This was a timely presentation as the Band are taking part in the council's 'Celebration of the Arts' in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall next week-end.

8th January 2009

Happy New Year everyone! The first rehearsal of the new year was eagerly anticipated as it was the first rehearsal for this session's beginners all 32 of them! We had a great rehearsal and the new members fitted in really well. Hopefully the majority of them will continue to play as the session continues and that the band can progress to Gold Awards.