Youth Brass Band heading for European Championships!

Mike Robertson and members of Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band after the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship winning performance at Perth on Sunday.

Mike Robertson and members of Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band after the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship winning performance at Perth on Sunday.

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Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band retained its Scottish Champions title at the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships in Perth.

The city’s Concert Hall had been a hive of musical activity over the past two weekends when it played host to the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships in which youth bands from all over the country battled it out for success in the various different categories.

On Sunday, Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band competed to retain their Scottish Champions title in the top Premier Section. Once again the band played magnificently impressing the large audience and two adjudicators, Brett Baker and Jappie Dijkstra, both world class brass musicians.

Both of the adjudicators were extremely impressed with the quality of music played by the band and commented on the maturity of performance from such young musicians.

The win means that the band has now qualified to compete in the European Championships which are being held in the same venue in May of next year. The Carnoustie and District Youth Brass band have been British Champions for two of the last three years and narrowly missed out on doing the triple last year when they were runners-up.

Competing in the European Championships will mean that the band will have to step it up another notch but there is no doubt that the members have the capability to do that.

Mike Robertson, the musical director, told the Guide & Gazette: “The band sounded magnificent today and seems to just keep on getting better and better. They have now been together for a few years and I am sure that it is the camaraderie and teamwork that has developed between them that has led to the success.

“I am really looking forward to taking the band to the Europeans and competing against the best bands in Europe.”

There will be one more opportunity to hear this spectacular band perform before the end of the year when they will put on a Christmas Show to remember at St Paul’s Cathedral, Dundee on the evening of Saturday, December 14, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are already selling fast and can be purchased at MacDougall’s Newsagent, High Street, Carnoustie, McDonalds Stationers, Brook Street, Broughty Ferry, the Box Office in Dundee City Square, or from any member of the band or the Rotary Club of Abertay who are hosting the evening.

The concert will also feature the Lydian Singers from Dundee and the Scottish Police and Community Choir who will be premiering a joint piece between the choir and band on the night.

The band has also commissioned its first CD featuring its winning performances over the past few years and this will go on sale for the first time at the Christmas concert.