News from 2011

1st December 2011

Tonight we had a short concert to perform our Scottish pieces for family and friends who could not manage to Perth to hear us at the week-end. At the end of the concert we presented our Annual Awards. This normally takes place at our Annual Concert which should have been on the 4th but,unfortunately, has had to be postponed until March. This year we introduced a new award - the Players' Choice Award. This was voted for by band members and given to a player thought to have made a significant contribution throughout the year. The Players' Choice Award for 2011 went to Cornet player Ewan Howie. The award for Most Promising Player was given to Niamh Junner and the Most Improved Player was Amie Mackenzie. This years presentation was made by Councillor Douglas Yates. In recognition of the tremendous support Douglas has given to the band our main award has been re-named the Douglas Yates Musician of the Year and this year it was won by Euphonium player Ailish Douglas. The standard of the band continues to improve and all players deseve a special mention for their contribution to a successful year.

27th November 2011

Today we headed to Perth Concert Hall to take part in the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships. After our success at Brass In The Park earlier in the year we were really looking forward to it. We played 4th out of 9 bands in the Novice Section and were given a Silver Award. We were a little disappointed until we read our adjudicator remarks. They were very complimentary and made special mention of our Cornet, Tuba and Percussion sections. The adjudicators also thought we had a great sound and liked our dynamic contrast. We all had a great day and are already looking forward to next year!

29th October 2011

The West of Scotland Brass Band Association held their Solo & Ensemble competition today in the Salvation Army in Kilmarnock. In the Junior Ensemble class our group were awarded 1st place and in the Junior Solo class Ewan was placed 3rd and received a Gold Award. Great results for our first time participating in the event and as a result both the Ensemble and Ewan have qualified for the Scottish Finals to be held in Livingston in February. In the Intermediate Solos both Christopher and Gabbi gained Silver Awards also at their first attempt. Well done to everyone for a successful day in Ayrshire.

10th September 2011

At last, our first Gold Award! Today at Brass In The Park we won our first ever Gold Award. The adjudicator, Peter Roberts, said that "overall we had a well chosen programme, with contrasting pieces. A well disciplined group which responded well to the conductor." The pieces we played were Hungarian Dance No.5, William Tell Overture, Do The Bossa Nova and Minka. Mr Roberts said that Minka had " good style and execution ...... a fine ending." We are always happy to perform at Brass In The Park because it is a really good day out for the band but getting our first Gold made it a very special day. Now for the Scottish!

18th August 2011

Summer holidays are over and tonight was our first rehearsal back. Blowing away the cobwebs and at least everyone was blowing in the wee end of their instruments, even the Tuba player! We only have 4 rehearsals before our first competition of the the new session ... Brass In The Park so it was quite a hard rehearsal.

9th June 2011

We have had a quiet time this term. The new members have settled in really well and are beginning to make themselves heard! Tonight we held our first ever Slow Melody Competition. As well as playing a slow melody of their own choice each soloist had to compose and play a 16 bar tune. Everyone enjoyed the experience and there were a number of very fine performances with Ailish Douglas being announced as the overall winner by our adjudicator Kenneth Blackwood.

17th February 2011

Our new members joined us tonight for the first time. It was great to see them enjoying themselves so much. Sure they got lost at times, mis-counted rests at times but mostly they were enjoying playing in such a large group. Hopefully they will all be back next week!

8th February 2011

We played at the Brass Festival in St Ninian's HS. This was a joint concert with East Renfrewshire Brass Ensemble. The special guests at the concert were the RSNO Brass Quintet who opened the evening with some outstanding playing and they performed a good mix of music that was just right for the occasion. LVCB and the ER Brass Ensemble then played individual sets before both groups along with the Quintet finished off the evening with some massed band items.