Youngsters are music to the ears

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The Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band held their annual concert on Friday night in Carnoustie, raising around £500 in the process.

The capacity audience at the Panbride Church Hall enjoyed a varied programme from the young group as well as some extremely talented solo playing.

The concert opened with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ and included themes from the films ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Jurassic Park’, along with Abba’s ‘Thank you for the Music’ which was played as a tribute to Mr Michael Robertson, the brass instructor who teaches all of the young people in the band.

The band programme also featured some solos including the Blues Brothers hit ‘Minnie the Moocher’ played by bass trombone player Iain Yeaman and the ‘Lazy Trumpeter’ played by Christopher Yeaman. The concert ended with a medley of Glen Miller hits including ‘In the Mood’, ‘Moonlight Serenade’ and ‘American Patrol’.

The concert also featured some wonderful solo playing from Gavin Lee on cornet, Emily McGhee (horn), Ethan Doherty (horn), Finlay McGhee (euphonium) and Lucy Mineard (cornet), all of whom were accompanied by Michael Robertson on piano. There was also a special appearance of an ensemble which played ‘Spanish Flea’. The concert raised more than £500 towards band funds.

The band has 35 members ranging from nine to 16 years but the bulk of the youngsters are between 10 and 14 years of age and is conducted by Ann Ness.

At the end of the concert a presentation of the Vic Lewis Memorial Cup was awarded to the most improved player in the Youth Band. The cup was in memory of a former long term member and president of the band and was presented by his widow, Emily Lewis, to the young cornet player Christopher Yeaman.

Arbroath instrumental Youth band conductor Ann Ness said: “These young people are the cream of youth today and show immense dedication and commitment to performing at such a high standard.

“Credit must go to their teacher Mr Michael Robertson and the inspiration and quality of teaching that he provides. I have the easy job of pulling them all together at the end of the day but the real work is done at home and in their lessons. I am so proud of them all.”

The Youth Band will be having their usual featured spot at the Arbroath Instrumental Band concert in St Andrew’s Church on Saturday, September 19, at 7.30pm.