Better luck next year for Carnoustie band

CARNOUSTIE and District Youth Brass Band were disappointed not to be crowned Scottish Youth Champions for the third year in a row.

The Perth Concert hall was a hive of musical activity last weekend when 35 youth brass bands battled it out for the various section titles.

The top-flight Premier section took place on the Sunday afternoon when five bands competed for the title of Scottish Youth Champions.

For the past two years this title has been won by the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band.

Prior to this, the top spot had been occupied for four consecutive years by West Lothian Band, and as a result rivalry was fierce.

Both bands played extremely competently in the competition but on this occasion the judges preferred West Lothian’s lighter carnival-type programme to the more serious and technically difficult one played by Carnoustie.

The Carnoustie band played five pieces, beginning with ‘Enter The Galaxies’ by Paul Lovatt-Cooper.

This was followed by a beautiful slow piece called ‘Suite Gothique’ by Leon Boellmann, the third piece was a Scottish premier and was a bass trombone solo performed by Joe Walters, called ‘James Brown In The Twilight Zone’ by Christopher Brubeck and was arranged specifically for brass band accompaniment by Joe.

Their penultimate piece was ‘Elegy’ by Leigh Baker and the band finished their programme playing part of the test piece which won them the British Championships in April this year called ‘Fanfares and Love Songs’ by Gavin Higgins.

While coming second was disappointing for the players, many of whom were making their competition debuts, organising committee chair Bryan Knight was full of praise.

He said: “The band has done exceptionally well over the past three years, winning the Scottish Championships two years running, and then the British Championship this year.

“Last Sunday’s result was down to the preference of the judges on the day and they preferred the lighter programme of the West Lothian Band.

“We will look forward to next year to try and regain the Scottish title. There are 47 registered youth bands in Scotland, so to be in the top two is still a great achievement.”

The band has a lot to look forward to over the next few months and members are preparing for their BBC television appearance on Christmas Eve followed by their BBC Radio 2 Youth Band of the Year Performance in Manchester at the end of January.