Fantastic youth brass players

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THE NEW junior band of Arbroath Instrumental Brass band under the baton of conductor Ann Ness took to the stage in Perth recently in the novice section of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships.

Over the past year, the band has concentrated on bringing through a crop of new, young talented brass players, all aged between 11 and 15.

The band, which has 35 players, impressed the audience with its control and maturity of playing far above that expected from a junior band.

The junior band competed in a field of 20 bands playing a 10-minute programme consisting of ‘The Big Top’, ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘She’s The One, featuring a solo by the band’s principal euphonium player Peter Jackson, ‘Let Me Entertain You’ and ‘Rough Mix’.

The adjudicators for the afternoon were the world famous tuba player Les Neish, accompanied by Hannes Buchhegger, who was the pioneer of brass banding in Austria. In the summing up before the results were announced, Les Neish announced to the audience that they found it extremely difficult to separate the bands in first and second place as the standard of both bands was fantastic. In the end they awarded first place to Campbeltown Junior Brass with Arbroath Instrumental Youth a very close second. Both bands received gold awards for their performances.

Ann Ness said: “I am so proud of the youngsters, they have practiced so hard over the past few months and played their hearts out today. To gain second place in their first appearance is a great achievement.”