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Exciting draws for Scottish flagship contest

The draws have been made for the forthcoming Scottish Open, Shield and Youth Championships.



The draws have been made for the forthcoming Scottish Open, Shield & Youth Championships that will take place on the weekend of the 26th/27th November and 3rd December.


The draws were made at the SBBA Annual Conference in Livingston, where it was revealed that a record number of ensembles will participate in the Youth Championships.

Scottish Open Championship:

Perth Concert Hall
Saturday 26th November
Commence: 1.30 pm
Test Piece: Music for Battle Creek — Philip Sparke
Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs, John Wallace, Philip Sparke

1. Kingdom Brass (Andrew Duncan)
2. Felling (Stephen Malcolm)
3. Pemberton Old Wigan DW (Mark Bentham)
4. Blackburn & Darwen (Nick Shepherd)
5. Yorkshire Imperial Urquhart Travel (Dave Nesbitt)
6. Co-operative Funeralcare (Michael Fowles)
7. Dalmellington (Archie Hutchison)
8. Newtongrange (Nigel Boddice MBE)
9. Bo’ness & Carriden (Bede Williams)
10. Tongwynlais Temperance (Philip Harper)
11. Lochgelly (Allan Ramsay)
12. Exchange Communications Whitburn (Ian Porthouse)
13. United Co-op Milnrow (Marieka Gray)
14. Regent Brass (Alan Duguid)
15. Marsden Silver (Glyn Williams)
16. Fishburn (Alan Morrison)

Scottish Challenge Shield:

Bonnar Hall, University of Dundee
Saturday 3rd December
Commence: 10.00am
Own Choice:
Adjudicators: Richard Evans, Philip Harper & Sandy Smith

1. Granite City Brass (Alan Haggart)
2. Queensferry Community Brass (James Anderson)
3. Tayport Instrumental (Frank Culross)
4. Shotts St. Patrick’s (Michael Marzella)
5. Arbroath Instrumental (Michael Robertson)
6. Kirkintilloch Kelvin (Charles Keenan)
7. City of Discovery (Bruce Wallace)
8. Johnstone Silver (Paul Kiernan)
9. Clackmannan & District (Paul McKelvie)
10. Dumfries Town (Peter Heyes)
11. MacTaggart Scott Loanhead (Mark Bell)
12. Perthshire Brass (George D Annan)
13. Broxburn & Livingston (Charlie Farren)
14. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax)
15. Callander Brass (Ian Milligan)

The draws were made at the SBBA Annual Conference in Livingston, where it was revealed that a record number of ensembles will participate in the Youth Championships4BR

Scottish Youth Championships:

Perth Concert Hall
Saturday & Sunday 26th & 27th November
Commence: 9.00am on Saturday with Development & Senior Sections
Commence: 9.30am on Sunday with Preparatory, Novice & Premier Sections
Adjudicators: Dr Robert Childs, David Childs, John Wallace
Philip Sparke & Ian Porthouse

Preparatory Section:
Sunday 27th November

1. Perth & Kinross Junior School (Elaine Stewart)
2. Coalburn Bronze (Jayne Brownlie)
3. Galashiels Youth (Stuart Black)
4. Kingdom Youth (Kenneth Blackwood)
5. Whitburn Youth (Caroline Farren)
6. Newland Junior (Mark Good)
7. Loanhead Brass Roots (Alan Fernie)
8. Tullis Russell Youth (Alan Douglas)
9. The Big Noise Brass Band (John Paul O’Hagan)
10. St. David’s Youth (John Dickson)
11. Abbey Brass (Rob Hume)

Novice Section:
Sunday 27th November

1. Newtongrange Junior (Alan Fernie)
2. Dunfermline Youth (Danny Harrison)
3. Kirkintilloch Youth (Lynda Nicholson)
4. Levern Valley Youth (Brian Deans)
5. Hawick Saxhorn Youth (Rob Hume)
6. St, John’s Secondary School (Gordon Evans MBE)
7. Irvine & Dreghorn (John Boax)
8. Kingdom Youth
9. South Ayrshire Youth (Scott Walker)

Development Section:
Saturday 26th November

1. Arbroath Instrumental Youth
2. King’s Park Youth
3. Peebles Junior
4. Brass Sounds Inverclyde Youth
5. Kinneil Youth
6. Campbeltown Juniors
7. Perth & Kinross Senior Schools
8. Loanhead Youth
9. St, Margaret’s Brass Livingston

Senior Section:

Saturday 26th November

1. Perthshire Youth
2. Scottish Borders Youth
3. East Lothian Schools

Premier Section:
Sunday 27th November

1. Moray Concert Brass
2. West Lothian Schools
3. Aberdeen City Youth
4. Carnoustie & District
5. Dalmellington Junior


Gateshead prepares for the entertainers to arrive

November 17 • The Sage Gateshead will host two days of world class brass band talent this weekend at the Brass in Concert Championship festival.


Trinity Girls look for new lead

November 17 • The successful musical partnership between conductor Ryan Watkins and Trinity Girls Band has come to an end.

Your Logo Here

Big, little, large or small for Your Logo Here

November 17 • It doesn't matter about the size or number for Your Logo Here — just ask and we can keep everyone feeling part of your banding team...


Welsh heavyweights join forces under one roof

November 17 • Cory and Tredegar renew their support for the Ty Cerdd organisation that helps promote and celebrate music making in Wales.

Walsall Brass Band - Willenhall Singers

Saturday 18 November • Sneyd Communnity Centre, Vernon Way, Bloxwich, Walsall. WS3 2PA

Rushden Town Band -

Saturday 18 November • Park Rd Baptist Church, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 0RW

Contest: Brass in Concert

Saturday 18 November • Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE28 2JR

Foden's Band - Morley Town Hall

Saturday 18 November • Queen Street, Morley LS27 9DY

Black Dyke Band - Waterford, Ireland

Saturday 18 November • Carriganore Arena, Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus tbc

Newstead Brass

November 18 • Bb Cornet (position negotiable). . Newstead Brass, established Midlands Championship section, have opportunity for an additional cornet player. Suitable for experienced player or someone looking to take the next step in their development.

Wakefield Metropolitan Brass Band

November 17 • FRONT ROW CORNET. SOLO TROMBONE. . The band have an exciting concert/contest/marching schedule ahead. We are looking for a committed front row cornet and solo trombone player to come and join us in the Yorkshire 1st Section! MD: Richard Larder.

Glossop Old Band

November 17 • SOLO TROMBONE. The Glossop Old Band Welcomes applications for the Solo Trombone Chair. The Band will be competing in the First Section as of 2018 and are looking to continue its progression back to the top levels of performance

Ian Holmes

BA (hons), PGDip (RCM), ARCM, ALCM
Conductor, piano accompanist and educator