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31st January 2016
Campbeltown Brass held its annual Solo and Ensemble Contest on Saturday 31st January, with 30 soloists and 4 ensembles competed in 5 classes. It was a real triumph for the boys as Owen Pickering, Andrew McMillan and Kyle Paterson won the Open, Intermediate and Junior Sections with Kirsten Souter, Erin McLellan and Rona Campbell earning well deserved runners up prizes. Special mention must be made of the Beginners Solo competition, with 14 very young players giving their first ever public performance after just a few months lessons to a packed audience.
The Adjudicator was Mr Scott Kerr, principal Euphonium of the Whitburn Band, who also gave an excellent recital and offered lots of advice as well as praise and encouragement to the Campbeltown youngsters.
Musical Director Gordon Evans chaired the event and gave a moving tribute to Jenny Ralston, Lynsey Wardrop, Emma Paterson, Jimmy Taylor, Robert McNair and Barbara MacTaggart, all former band members who are remembered for this occasion.
Emily Bennie - Winner
Grace McTaggart - Runner-up
Kyle Paterson - Winner
Rona Campbell - Runner-up
Andrew McMillan - Winner
Erin McLellan - Runner-up
Owen Pickering - Winner
Kirsten Souter - Runner-up
Campbeltown Brass A - Winner
Campbeltown Junior A - Runner-up
5th March 2016
Beginners Band performing at the Stronvaar Bowling Club's Old Folks Day.
Saturday 6th February 2016
It was a great day for Campbeltown Brass, returning home with quite a selection of silverware! Click here to read more.
Stephanie Rennie - First
Christina McTaggart and Grace McTaggart - Joint Second
Drew Cunningham - First
Hannah McCaig & Andrew Colville - Joint Second
Jamie Colville - Third
Secondary 1 - 3
Andrew McMillan - First
Amy Paterson - Third
Secondary 4 - 6
Gavin Johnson - First
Owen Pickering - Second
Lucy Kerr & Kirsten Souter - Joint Third
INSTRUMENTAL DUET (Primary)
Campbeltown Junior Brass A - First
Campbeltown Junior Brass B & Lochgilphead Primary Pipe Band - Joint Second
Islay Primary Schools Band - First
Campbeltown Beginners Band - Second
Congratulations to Gavin Johnson for winning the Co-operative Membership Cup for the highest mark in Solo Brass. Also to Campbeltown Brass for winning "The Gifford Bowl" for the highest mark gained by a Choir or Band.
12th March 2016
It was an exhilarating and celebratory weekend for Campbeltown Brass, returning home as the new Scottish Champions in the Third Section. Competing against 8 other bands, the Senior band, with a few players you can hardly see above the music stands, played with maturity and confidence. To complete this fantastic achievement, Murray Ralston on Euphonium won Best Instrumentalist. Well done!