Blazin’ Brass in concert for Guide Dogs

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THE BLAZIN’ Brass ensemble is to hold a second fund-raising concert in aid of Guide Dogs.

It will take place at Carnoustie Panbride Church, Arbroath Road, at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, August 19. Entry will be £5 payable at the door.

The ensemble is made up of a group of young players from Carnoustie and Monifieth who have been together over the past couple of years playing at various community events.

In 2010, they participated in a fund-raising concert for the Guide Dogs during which they raised £3,000 for the organisation. This event took place in Carnoustie Church to an audience of 400.

A spokesperson said: “We are obviously hoping to replicate that this year. The communities in Angus have been extremely supportive of the young brass players and we hope that this will continue for this concert.”

The group of seven are all aged between 14 and 19 and all of them are members of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band, the current British Youth Champions. The standard of their play is exceptionally high.

The concert will be a mix of group and solo playing with their brass teacher, Mr Mike Robertson, accompanying the soloists on piano. Some of the solos, however, will move away from brass and will include piano, xylophone and singing and the bagpipes may make an appearance. This highlights the wide range of talents the group possesses.

Representatives of The Guide Dogs organisation will be in attendance and they will propose a vote of thanks. Some Guide dogs and puppies will also be there as well as a stall selling Guide Dog merchandise.

The concert is being organised in conjunction with the three local Guide Dog fund-raising branches, Arbroath, Forfar and Dundee.

The members of Blazin’ Brass are Scott Ness, Gregory Chaplain, Matthew Buchan, Joanne Frier, Sarah Knight, Joe Walters, Craig Knight and Ross Knight.