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Band of the Year 2016!

Campbeltown Brass ended 2016 with Band of the Year award, Third Section.  The band of the year awards are designed to reflect the respective performances of bands in all Scottish contests and also in major national and international contests throughout the year. A separate award is made in each section for the band which accumulates the most band of the year points in all contests attended during the contesting year (1st January - 31st December).  (

Besson Solo & Ensemble Championships

Sunday 4th February 2017

Well done to the 19 band members who competed in the Besson Scottish Solo and Ensemble Championships in Livingston.  


Junior Ensembles
Campbeltown Brass 'A' - Gold Award, 2nd
Campbeltown Brass 'B' - Silver Award

Junior Solos
Andrew McMillan - Gold Award, First
Andrew Colville - Gold Award, Third
Kyle Paterson - Gold Award

Intermediate Ensembles
Campbeltown Brass - Gold Award, 3rd

Intermediate Solos
Amy Paterson - Gold Award
Gavin Johnson - Silver Award

Youth Ensembles
Campbeltown Senior - 87 points (2nd)

Youth Solos
Owen Pickering - 84 points

Open Solo
Gavin Johnson - 88 points

Best Bass - Ben Keay & Gavin Johnson

Scottish Championship

Saturday 11th March 2017

Congratulations to Amy Paterson for winning Best Instrumentalist! A very respectable 6th place for the band, competing in their first competition at Second Section. Well done everyone! It is safe to say that Campbeltown Brass must be the only band in the Second Section, in fact in any Section, where 17 of the 26 players on stage that day were all under 18!  With the Best Instrumentalist won by a 15 year old.   We are very proud of their achievements.     

Band's Solo & Ensemble Competition

Saturday 19th March 2017

About 35 band members competed in the band's Annual competition today. It was a fantastic and inspiring showcase of the talent we have in Campbeltown. Congratulations to all the winners and to everyone who took part. Our thanks to the Seafield Hotel, Accompanists David McEwan and Cath Black and last but not least, it was a delight to welcome home Erin McSporran, ex-band member and Adjudicator for the day. Thank you also to friends and family who came along to support this event and to all the members of the band who help teach the younger players. Bravo!



Junior Ensemble
Winners - Rona Campbell, Jack Campbell, Hannah McCaig, Jamie Colville and Andrew Colville

Senior Ensemble
Winners - Amy Paterson, Suen Yee Walker, Hannah Oman and Rebecca Semple


Beginners Solo
The Jimmy Taylor Shield 
Winner - Charlie Colville.  

Runners up – Cara McFadzean and Annie Watson

Junior Solo

The Emma Paterson Trophy
Winner - Jamie Colville


The Mathieson Trophy
Runner up – Andrew Colville 


Intermediate Solo
The Lynsey Wardrop Trophy 
Winner - Andrew McMillan


The Alan Edmund Trophy
Runner up – Kyle Paterson


Open Solo
The Jenny Ralston Trophy 
Winner - Amy Paterson


The Alan Edmund Trophy 
Runner up – Owen Pickering

Mid Argyll Music Festival

24th - 25th March 2017


Beginners Solo
Winner - Cara McFadzean
Joint 3rd - Gemma McCaig & Sean West

Primary Solo
Winner - Andrew Colville
Second - Jamie Colville
Third - Hannah McCaig

Primary Ensemble
Winners - Rona Campbell, Jack Campbell, Jamie Colville, Andrew Colville and Hannah McCaig


S1 - S3 Solo
Winner - Kyle Paterson
Third - Drew Cunningham

S1 - S3 Ensemble
Campbeltown A & B joint second

S4 - S6 Solo
Winner - Gavin Johnson
Second - Owen Pickering
Third - Amy Paterson

S4 - S6 Ensemble
Campbeltown - Second

Gavin Johnson winning the Co-operative Membership Cup for the highest mark in Solo Brass. Campbeltown Brass winning the Mid Argyll Festival Jubilee Cup and "The Gifford Bowl" for the highest mark gained by a Choir or Band.

Fife Brass Band Festival 

Saturday 22nd April 2017


Congratulations Campbeltown Brass! Winners of the Second Section at the Fife Brass Band Festival, with Hannah Oman winning Best Soloist! Well done everyone!


Kintyre Music Festival 

5th - 10th June 2017




Primary Elementary (less than one year) - Charlie Colville.

Brass Solo (Primary) - Andrew Colville.

Instrumental Duet (Secondary) - Owen Pickering & Gavin Ballantyne.

Instrumental Ensemble (Secondary) - Campbeltown Brass C

Brass Solo (Secondary 1) - Kyle Paterson

Brass Solo (Secondary 2 & 3) - Erin McLellan

Brass Solo (Secondary 4,5 & 6) - Amy Paterson

Instrumental Duet (Primary) - Jamie & Andrew Colville

Instrumental Ensemble (Primary) - Campbeltown Brass A

Bands - Campbeltown Brass


Workshop with Helen Varley 

1st - 4th August 2017


Fantastic workshop with Helen Varley, solo horn player with Grimethorpe Colliery Band.  Well done to all the new beginners! 



Band Coffee Morning

19th August 2017


Thanks to everyone involved in helping to make our annual music festival coffee morning such a success, an amazing total of over £700 was raised for band funds. Well done to all players especially our brand new beginners on their first public performance.

Fond Farewells
September 2017

Owen joined the band back in 2009 when he was still wee. He has put his heart and soul into perfecting his craft and contributed to the many successes of the band, for this, we are very grateful. Gavin has only been with us for a short while but his contributions and what he brought to the band is very much appreciated. We wish them all the best with their studies and banding. Hopefully, they will be able to play with us again. Thank you guys!  We wish them all the best at Kirkintilloch Band. We also say farewell to another star – Emma Bannatyne from the Bannatyne Dynasty of exceptional players! Emma also joined the band at a young age and followed in the footsteps of her brothers Ewan and Greg, playing some wonderful solos. She will be sorely missed. Emma is studying music at the Conservatoire and we wish her every success! 



Fife Charities Contest

30th September 2017


Under the baton of Guest Conductor Paul Kiernan, it was a satisfying result for Campbeltown.  First in their Section, 9th overall in the Open and an amazing 2nd in the Hymn Tune.   We wish to thank Paul for all his hard work over the last few weeks and his directorial input was very much appreciated.  Well done to all the players, especially Hannah McCaig, on her Senior competition debut.   



West of Scotland Solo & Ensemble Contest

28th October 2017


21 band members took part in the West of Scotland this year and came away with a haul of medals and silverware!




Junior solos

1st - Kyle Paterson, Gold
2nd - Jamie Colville, Gold
3rd - Scott Oman, Gold

Gold Award - Jack Campbell, Andrew Colville 

Silver Award - Mae Barr, Flint Phoenix-Barrett, Rona Campbell, Hannah McCaig, Mia McLaren 


Intermediate solos
2nd - Andrew McMillan, Gold
3rd - Amy Paterson, Gold

Emily Bennie, Silver


Youth solos
4th - Kirsten Souter | 94

Junior ensembles
Winners - Campbeltown Brass Junior Quintet A | Gold

Campbeltown Brass Junior Quintet B | Silver


Intermediate ensembles
Winners - Campbeltown Brass Intermediate Quartet A | Gold

Third - Campbeltown Brass Intermediate Quintet B | Gold


Youth ensembles
Winners - Campbeltown Brass Senior Quartet | 97



Scottish Youth Championships 

25th November 2017


Congratulations Campbeltown Brass! Retaining our Scottish Youth Champion crowns in the Preparatory and Novice sections and a silver for our Beginners Band!



Workshop with Peter Moore

28th November 2017

We wish to say a huge thank you to Peter Moore for spending yesterday working with our Junior & Senior Bands. A great inspiration for our youngsters and seniors alike. This evening, it was a joy to listen to Peter's excellent performance, accompanied by an equally talented Richard Uttley at the Kintyre Music Club Concert and the Band were delighted to open the concert for him.

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