The youngsters of Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band received plenty of plaudits at a national brass competition in Perth at the weekend.
They were crowned under-16s development section champions for 2013 at the Scottish Brass Band Association Youth Championships held in Perth’s Concert Hall on Sunday.
They played an entertaining programme including a selection from ‘Grease’ and ‘Baggy Trousers’ by Madness.
The adjudicators were Nigel Boddice and Craig Anderson who in their summation described the performance as well-balanced, lively, controlled, extremely enjoyable and well played. This is especially impressive considering that the average age of the band is 14, with the youngest member just 10 years old.
For the solo feature of the competition principal euphonium player Chris Flynn (14) played an arrangement of ‘The Road And The Miles To Dundee’.
The adjudicators were again very complimentary, describing his playing as extremely lyrical and mature and foresaw a bright future for him as a musician.
Musical director of Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band Ann Ness said: “I am so proud of all of the band members. To compete at this level against bands that, generally were much older and win, was a huge achievement and testimony to all of their hard work over the year.”
Their next concert will be as part of Arbroath Instrumental Band’s Christmas Concert at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, December 13, at Newton of Panbride Church. Tickets are £5 and are available from band members and on the door.