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Report & Results: 2013 Scottish Youth Brass Band Championship (Day 1)

The first weekend of the Scottish Festival of Brass was a great success in Perth.

Scottish Youth Championships


The first day of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships last weekend in Perth has been heralded a great success after 19 youth groups participating across three sections of competition.

Enthusiastic audience

The Development, Percussion and Open Senior events led to a buzzing atmosphere at the Perth Concert Hall, with an enthusiastic audience offering their support to the many young performers throughout the day.

Prior to the awards ceremonies, adjudicators Nigel Boddice and Craig Anderson offered the young players valuable advice on playing technique and musicianship, and commented on the wonderful sounds and variety of performances they had both been given the opportunity to enjoy across all the sections.


Craig was also very supportive of the Percussion Section—a new section introduced by SBBA last year — which he felt played a very positive role in encouraging this ever growing element of a brass band’s instrumentation.

Music was in abundance throughout the day as impromptu performances offered another feast of music in the concert hall’s foyer. All visiting bands and ensembles were offered another opportunity to perform in public by providing ad hoc mini concerts in the cafe area.

Great way

Originally introduced at last year’s event, the initiative was once again warmly received by those listening and participating, as a great way for the groups to make the most of their time at Perth, offering players another performance opportunity to enjoy.


A SBBA spokesperson told 4BR: "Congratulations are offered to all the players and their conductors for their obvious hard work in preparing their competition programmes, and each should take immense pride in the bronze, silver or gold awards they received.

Special congratulations are also offered to the section prize-winners who unquestionably impressed the judges with their performances, securing them the award of the championship titles in each section."

Congratulations are offered to all the players and their conductors for their obvious hard work in preparing their competition programmesSBBA

Development Section:

1. Arbroath Instrumental Youth Band (Ann Ness)
2. Campbeltown Junior Brass (Katrina Barr)

Percussion Section:

1. Kingdom Percussion Academy (Lynsey Paterson)

Open Senior Section:

1. Dalmellington Junior Band (Ian Taylor)
2. Tullis Russell Youth Band (Alan Douglas)

Full results for these sections of the Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships are available on the SBBA website at www.sbba.org.uk

Scottish Open

The second series of events at the Scottish Festival of Brass 2013 take place this weekend with the Scottish Challenge Cup, Scottish Challenge Shield and the Scottish Open on Saturday 23rd November, and the second day Scottish Youth Brass Band Championships the following day.

National trophies

2018 National Finalists confirmed

March 19 • The list of bands who will challenge for National honours in the autumn is now complete following the last round of 2018 Regional contests on the weekend.

Friary Guildford

Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • Frairy Guildford make it four wins in a row as they retain their top-flight title and are joined at the Albert Hall by Thundersley.


Result: 2018 London & Southern Counties Regional Championship: Fourth Section

March 18 • Bradwell Silver strikes gold to take Fourth Section title and head to Cheltenham alongside Regent Community Brass and Great Yarmouth Brass.


Result: 2018 North of England Regional Championship: Championship Section

March 18 • NASUWT Riverside makes it a North of England Area double as they head back to the Albert Hall as champions again with Reg Vardy in tow.

Black Dyke Band - The Hawth, Crawley

Sunday 18 March • The Hawth, Hawth Ave, Crawley RH10 6YZ

Contest: Welsh Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea SA1 4PE

Contest: London & SC REgional Championships

Sunday 18 March • Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

Contest: North of England Regional Championships

Sunday 18 March • The Gala Theatre, 1 Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA

Black Dyke Band - Mirfield Parish Church

Thursday 22 March • Mirfield Parish Church, 38 Church Lane, Mirfield WF14 9HX

Knaresborough Silver Band

March 19 • Knaresborough Silver Band are looking for percussion players to join them following their recent success in the Areas 3rd section gaining our 3rd Cheltenham invitation in the last 4 years. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings @ 7.30pm.

East Yorkshire Motor Services Brass Band

March 19 • The EYMS Band has an immediate vacancy for a first class Solo Euphonium Or Solo Baritone. With The Grand Shield on the horizon and a sensible concert schedule we are looking for a talented individual to join this experienced section.

Chinnor Silver

March 19 • We are sadly loosing one of our award winning bass team soon(best basses award at areas) so we are looking for a Bb BASS . Good book of contests and concerts planned including butlins . We rehearse on Wednesday in our own bandroom

Neil Samuel