BRASS players of all ages and abilities have gathered in Dumfries and Galloway for a packed day of music making.
More than 50 players met at Castle Douglas High School on Sunday, October 4, under the baton of Richard Evans, Musical Director Emeritus of the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS).The day also included a special 'breakaway' group of younger delegates, led by Stuart Black.
Alan Fernie, who helped organise and co-ordinate the event on behalf of the Scottish Brass Band Association, said: "The energy and enthusiasm from all the players was a joy to behold, and it promises much for the future development of all the bands in the area.
"Learning from the likes of Richard Evans, not to mention the talented Stuart Black, was of huge benefit to everyone involved. Hopefully, we can entice one or two more bands along to the next event."
Musicians from Annan Town, Dumfries Town, Stranraer Brass, Creetown Silver and Sanquhar Silver bands studied a wide range of music, from Gordon Langford's Sinfonietta to the overture, Die Felsenmühle, while enjoying the wisdom and wit of one of the brass band movement's most eminent personalities.
The event followed on from a successful day in Dumfries in April which also aimed to bring bands in the Dumfries and Galloway region together, with a possible view to forming an area association. A further workshop has been organised for April 2016, where it is hoped that a South of Scotland Brass Band Association will be launched.
H/T SBBA for original article
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