Brass band prepares for UK championships

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THE YOUNG players of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band are putting the finishing touches to their preparations for the British Youth Brass Band Championships in Manchester.

The band has won the Scottish Premier title for the past two years and last April won the Advanced Section on the British Championships.

On April 10 they will compete in the Premier section of the British Championships.

Mike Robertson, the band’s musical director, is very pleased with the progress made so far and said: “The band is sounding fantastic again this year, they are a great group of young people to work with and every one of them gives 100 per cent and deserve everything they achieve.”

The band has again secured the services of Dr Nick Childs, musical director of the famous Black Dyke Brass Band, who will travel to Carnoustie on April 5 to work with the band over two days.

It has become a yearly tradition that prior to going to Manchester to compete, the band performs a concert of their competition repertoire and some other prepared pieces for their families and the community.

Over the past three years this has been extremely well supported and it is anticipated that there will be a large audience again this year such is the popularity of the band. The young players receive fantastic support from the community, local businesses and groups who have taken them to heart.

The performance this year will be held at St Anne’s Church, Thomas Street, Carnoustie, on the evening of Friday, April 8, starting at 7.30 p.m. Entry is free but people attending will be able to give a donation on the evening if they wish.