The talented musicians of the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band have been hard at work in preparation for their next competition.
The youngsters are coming to the end of months of rehearsals ahead of their entry into the European Youth Brass Band Championships which take place next month.
Brass bands from across Europe will gather at the Perth Concert Hall on Sunday, May 4, and the competition will form part of a series of brass band contests taking place that week.
A spokesperson for the band said: “The band have been set a very difficult test piece called ‘Resurgam’ by Eric Ball which will push the bands to their limits due to its technical difficulties.
“However the band has been working hard at perfecting the score and is already sounding fantastic.
“The remainder of the 20 minute performance are pieces that the band have chosen one of which has to represent the country of the band’s origin.”
Pupils from throughout Angus play in the band but the majority are pupils at Carnoustie High School though the ranks are often swelled by the return of former pupils who are studying music at various conservatoires and universities in the UK.
Conductor and brass tutor Mike Robertson has produced a long line of top class brass players who regularly compete at the highest levels of youth brass playing.
Such has been his success that Dr Nick Childs, musical director of the world famous Black Dyke Band has for the third year run a weekend workshop with the Carnoustie youngsters to help them in advance of the European championships.
The band which has been British champions for two of the past three years recently released its first CD featuring some of its winning performances from the Scottish and British championships.
The CDs are available for £10 from MacDougall’s Newsagent in Carnoustie or by contacting the band through its official website www.cdybb.org.uk.