Concert tickets, not parking tickets!

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ARBROATH Instrumental Band are in full flow as they prepare for their forthcoming Gala Concert, and not even a traffic warden can spoil their plans.

The band spent the weekend first in a masterclass with a renowned brass musician on Saturday and then on Sunday they played an open air concert in Dundee where they encountered two enthusiastic wardens.

Vice-president of Arbroath Instrumental Band Ann Ness described their close call at the Magdalene Green bandstand. She said: “What happened was at around 3.40 p.m. One of the audience members came and said there were traffic wardens and they were about to book our cars.

“We were quite surprised to see traffic wardens on a Sunday to be honest. I know that several members of the band left to remonstrate seriously with them. However, none of the band got a ticket, but some of the audience did possibly.

“It’s ridiculous seeing as Dundee City Council had booked us to play the concert. It’s only thanks to the audience member that we didn’t get any tickets.”

However, even this encounter failed to bring them down after spending Saturday with world renowned tuba player Les Neish at his workshop ‘Tuba Libre’ in the Dundee Music Centre.

Les gained a First Class Honours degree, Professional Performance Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma with Distinction from the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester and runs brass workshops around the world.

More than 20 youngsters from the youth band participated in the workshops and masterclasses in the morning and an open rehearsal in the afternoon.

The event culminated in a superb concert featuring Perthshire Youth Band, Arbroath Instrumental Band and City of Discovery Band with Les himself performing solos with the two senior bands.

In addition, throughout August band members have been taking part in the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland courses held in St Andrews and tomorrow (Saturday) the band will be competing in the ‘Land o’ Burns’ contest in Troon.

All this will stand them in good stead for their annual Gala Concert on Friday, September 7, in St Andrews Church, Arbroath.

The audience can expect the very best in brass music as each soloist is a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.

Tickets for the concert are priced at £10, £8 concession, and are available in Arbroath from Robertson’s, Fisheracre; Wilbourns, Millgate Loan; The Pageant, Kirk Square; and McDougall’s newsagent in Carnoustie.

Alternatively tickets can be bought from any band member or by contacting Alison Robertson on 01241 411051 or Ann Ness on 01241 411138 or at the door.