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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

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January 22 • Want to start 2018 with a change? Fancy another blow each week? We are a friendly community band looking for new players to join our group. All welcome but especially cornet, horn, baritone, Bb Bass and Percussion.

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Conductor, adjudicator, tutor