2018

 

Scottish Brass Band Championships

Saturday 10th March 2018

Perth Concert Hall

 

"A fine opening with drive and some lovely sounds throughout. Towards the end of "Brigantes" there is detail not yet heard. For such a young band it's heart warming to hear such mature sounding soloists. Cornets, flugel, horn, euphonium and soprano are excellent. Another thing that separates this is that the tuning is absolutely on point and there is music making in abundance. What a performance by the young team from Campbeltown! This really is turning into a high quality contest." - British Bandsman

 

Many hours and weeks of hard work have paid off! Competing against 10 other Second Section bands, Campbeltown triumphed with a solid performance of Jonathan Bates Ex Terra Lucem under the direction of Paul Kiernan. Well done everyone! A huge thank you to Paul Kierman, Charlie Farren and Stephanie Mitchell for all their hard work in preparing the Band.

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Fife Brass Band Festival 

Saturday 21st April 2018

The Lochgelly Centre

A massive congratulations to Campbeltown Brass! Best Second Section and second highest marks in the contest at the Fife Brass Band Festival, with Amy Paterson winning Best Instrumentalist. Safe to say a very good day at the office. Well done everyone and big thanks to conductor Stephanie Mitchell!

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Mid-Argyll Music Festival 

23rd - 24th March 2018

Lochgilphead

 

Results

 

Beginners Solo

James Barr, 3rd

 

Primary Solo

Hannah McCaig, 1st

Grace McTaggart, 2nd

Charlie Colville, 3rd

 

Primary Duet

Kirstie Renton & Grace McTaggart, 1st

Charlie Colville & Sean West, 2nd

Mae Barr & Elyce Walker, 3rd

 

Primary Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass A, 1st

Campbeltown Brass B, 2nd

Campbeltown Brass C, 3rd

 

Secondary solo S1 - S3

Andrew Colville, 1st

Jamie Colville, 2nd

Kyle Paterson, 3rd

 

Secondary Solo S4 - S6

Amy Paterson, 1st

Ali Cupples, 2nd

 

Secondary Duet

Jack and Rona Campbell, Winners

 

Secondary Ensemble S1 - S3

Campbeltown Brass, Winners

 

Secondary Ensemble S4 - S6

Campbeltown Brass, Winners

 

Open Ensemble

Campbeltown Brass Seniors, Winners

 

Amy Paterson won the Co-op Trophy for the highest mark for Brass solos and also received the highest mark in the entire festival.

 

Hannah McCaig won the most promising player of the festival.

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Celebration Concert

Monday 26th March 2018

Community Centre

 

What a wonderful evening we had last night! What a joy to hear the Senior band's championship performance. There were also fantastic performances by the Beginners and Junior bands, ensembles and soloist Amy Paterson fresh from their Mid Argyll victories - well done all. Thank you so much to everyone who came - your support means a lot to us.

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Talent Show and Pancake Tea

Sunday 29th April 2018

Peninver Village Hall

 

Wow! What an amazing display of talent. Thank you so much for all your support, it was a tremendous turnout, especially on such a sunny day! Over £800 was raised! Thank you to all the performers, helpers and Peninver Village Hall committee but most all - the audience.

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Oban Dance and Music Festival 

Saturday 5th May 2018

Oban Congregational Church

 

A successful day for the Band at the Oban Music & Dance Festival. Band members were given a very warm welcome by the Festival Committee. Congratulations to all the winners and well done everyone for taking part.

RESULTS

 

Brass Primary

Class 301 Elementary - James Barr, 2nd

Class 302 Open - Mae Barr, 2nd

Class 303 Ensemble - Campbeltown Junior Ensemble, 1st

 

Brass Secondary

Class 310 Junior (S1) - Rona Campbell, 1st

Class 311 Intermediate (S2 & S3) - Kyle Paterson, 1st. Drew Cunningham, 3rd.

Class 312 Senior (S4, S5 & S6) - Amy Paterson, 1st

Class 313 Ensemble - Campbeltown Brass Senior Ensemble, 1st

 

Brass Winner

Amy Paterson

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Supporting the Community

 

May 2018

 

A busy few days for the Band. On Thursday and Friday a group of senior players played at the Springbank Distillery and Glengyle Distillery as part of the Whisky festival and this morning we were pleased to support the Mok Run by playing for the runners on the last section of the Mull of Kintyre Half Marathon and 10k Race. Thank you to all band members who took part and to the junior band members helping out today.

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Kintyre Music Festival 

4th - 9th June 2018

Campbeltown

 

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to everyone who took part. Special thanks to Kevin McMillan, David Cosgrove, David McEwan and Suen Yee Walker for playing the piano accompaniments. It is a huge amount of work and very much appreciated by the Band.

RESULTS

 

Primary Solo - Beginners Class

Kaila Mclean, 1st

Sophie Galbraith, Brooke Coffield, Gregor Craig, 2nd

Taylor McMillan, Skye Lavery, 3rd

 

Primary Solo

Hannah McCaig, 1st

Mae Barr, Grace McTaggart, Sean West, 2nd

Cara McFadzean, Charlie Colville, 3rd

 

Primary Duet

Mae Barr & Elyce Walker, 1st

Charlie Colville & Sean West, 2nd

Kirstie Renton & Grace McTaggart, 3rd

 

Primary Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass Z, 1st

Campbeltown Brass Y, 2nd

Campbeltown Brass X, 3rd

 

Secondary Solo - S1

Jamie Colville, 1st

Andrew Colville, Jack Campbell, Rona Campbell, 2nd

 

Secondary Solo - S2 & S3

Kyle Paterson, 1st

Andrew McMillan, 2nd

Beth MacPherson, Emily Bennie, Drew Cunningham, 3rd

 

Secondary Solo - S4, S5 & S6

Amy Paterson, 1st

Erin McLellan, 2nd

 

Secondary Duet Class

Jack & Rona Campbell, 1st

Andrew McMillan & Caius Walker, 2nd

Kyle Paterson & Scott Oman, Jamie & Andrew Colville, joint 3rd

 

Ensemble Class

'The Girls', Winners

 

Junior Bands

Campbeltown Brass Juniors, 92

 

Senior Bands

Campbeltown Brass, 94

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Open Day

Saturday 14th July 2018, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

Community Centre

 

Agricultural Show

3 August 2018

 

Young players of Campbeltown Brass showing their resilience playing in the wind and rain - well done!

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Coffee morning

Saturday 11th August 2018

Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday to help raise funds to take the band to the National Championships in September. A total of £870 was raised! Thank you also to all the band members and volunteers for making this a success.

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Road to Cheltenham

15th August 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Band's coffee morning, to help raise much-needed funds to take the band to the National Championships in September. A total of £870 was raised! If you weren't able to join us last Saturday, remember you can still make a donation on the Band's MyDonate page...every penny counts. Well, we have now submitted our profile and information to the organisers of the Nationals - take a look and be proud that we are not just representing Campbeltown but Scotland!

This year Campbeltown Brass is celebrating their 35th Anniversary. Being one of the furthest travelled bands in the country, they have certainly clocked up the miles in this time. Founded in 1983 by Gordon Evans, the Band, although situated in the far-flung corner of the West Coast of Scotland, has accumulated a haul of silverware to be proud of and has produced and continues to produce some exceptional players. Another fact that sets this Band apart and is quite amazing, is that the average age of its Contest Band seldom reaches above 14 years old. You will often find that most of the Senior players of Campbeltown Brass are still in Primary and Secondary schools! However, coupled with the experience and guidance of its ‘older’ players, Campbeltown Brass continues to compete against the best in the country and is currently the Scottish Champions in both Second Section and Youth Championship sections, not bad for a Band that takes, on average, a six hours one-way bus journey to compete.

 

At the heart of Campbeltown Brass are their players and volunteers. The Band is more than just a competing band. It is the coming together of ordinary folks, those who happen to enjoy learning an instrument and want to share the wonderful sound of brass band music with the community and those who wish to help them achieve it. Campbeltown Brass has influenced and inspired generations of players to enjoy music and to enjoy making music together.

National Brass Band Championships

Saturday 15th September 2018

The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single…bus!

- Chinese/Campbeltown proverb

 

Not quite a thousand miles but it felt like it! Although it would have been nice if we were placed a bit higher in the results, we can be extremely proud of what we have achieved. Descending upon the National Brass Band Championships in Cheltenham, inevitably we get the same surprising and curious looks – are they in the right competition? Wow, they look young! I can’t remember how many times, spectators and players from other bands, commented that it is so good to see so many young people in the band. Full of admiration of how unphased they are by the occasion, even with the 12 hours journey the night before.

 

Right enough, straight after we played, you can see the younger ones of the band heading straight to the food court and yes, they eat constantly. Then it was out on the stands, chatting and mucking around, oblivious to what is around them. At the same time, I was talking to a couple of players from another band, in their 70’s and only been playing for the last four years, sharing stories and experiences of banding. Whether you are 7 or 70 – music doesn’t discriminate.

 

We wish to thank everyone involved, from the young to the old, from the players to the volunteers, for a great Cheltenham experience and hope we can continue to build on the progress that we have made.

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Concert at Dunaverty Hall

Thursday 25th October 2018

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West of Scotland Solo & Ensemble Contest

Saturday 27th October 2018

Salvation Army, Paisley

 

Results

 

Junior Solos

Andrew Colville, Gold, 1st

Hannah McCaig, Gold, 2nd

Jamie Colville, Gold, 3rd 

Grace McTaggart, Gold, 4th

Rona Campbell, Gold

Jack Campbell, Gold

Flint Phoenix-Barrett, Silver

Mia MacLaren, Silver

Cara McFadzean, Silver

Gemma McCaig, Silver

Charlie Colville, Silver

Isla McShannon, Silver

Mae Barr, Silver

Annie Watson, Silver

 

Junior Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass C, Winners

Campbeltown Brass A & B, joint 3rd

 

Intermediate Solos

Amy Paterson, Gold, 1st

Kyle Paterson, Gold, 2nd

Andrew McMillan, Gold, 3rd

Beth MacPherson, Silver

Drew Cunningham, Silver

 

Intermediate Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass Intermediate, Winners

 

Youth Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass Senior Ensemble, Winners

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Glasgow Gaelic Choir Concert

Saturday 10th November 2018

Lorne & Lowland Church

Thank you to all our young players. We are very grateful to have been given a donation of £545 from the proceeds of the concert.

Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 11th November 2018

100th anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 that signalled the end of World War One.

Co-op Local Community Fund

 

Friday 23rd November 2018

We were delighted to be presented with a cheque for £6,588.57 by Co-op Campbeltown. This amount was raised through the Co-op Local Community Fund. Thank you to every shopper who supported our cause and helped raise much-needed funds for the band.

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Scottish Youth Championships

Sunday 25th November 2018

Perth Concert Hall

 

Congratulations to Campbeltown Brass Juniors Winners of the Preparatory Section! Having just moved up to the Development Section, Campbeltown Brass Intermediate took the Runners-up prize. Well done all!

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