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Besson Solo & Ensemble Championships

Saturday 8th February, Livingston



Junior Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass A, Gold Award, 1st Campbeltown Brass B, Gold Award, 2nd Campbeltown Brass C, Gold Award, 3rd


Junior Solos

Charlie Colville, Silver Award


Intermediate Ensembles

Campbeltown Brass A, Silver Award, 2nd Campbeltown Brass B, Bronze Award

Campbeltown Brass C, Bronze Award


Intermediate Solos

Andrew McMillan, Gold Award, 1st

Kyle Paterson, Silver Award

Jack Campbell, Silver Award


Besson Solo & Ensemble Championships

7th March 2020, Perth


6 Nations 2020 Scotland v France

8th March 2020




Following the most recent Covid-19 guidelines from Government, announced this evening by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The guidance published by the Scottish Government and the UK Government states the following:


  • everyone in the UK is now being advised to avoid "non-essential" contact with others and "unnecessary" travel

  • people are also being asked to work from home "where they possibly can", and avoid pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues

  • people are now being advised to stay at home for 14 days if they, or anyone in their household, has either a high temperature or a "new and continuous cough"

  • people in at-risk groups will be asked within days to be "largely shielded from social contact" for 12 weeks


In response to the above, we have concluded that, in the best interests of our band members and volunteers, to take all recommended precautions to help mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 virus. Therefore, band rehearsals are cancelled until such time as the recommendations published today by the Government are relaxed. We are looking into ways to help band members to continue with practising and lessons, and we will let you know the details in due course.

Music connects us


Today marks the 75th anniversary since the guns fell silent at the end of the Second World War in Europe. As we celebrate VE Day, we also remember the lives lost to coronavirus.

We hope you and your family are keeping safe and well during these difficult and challenging times. As you know, the band is more than just coming together for rehearsals, it has been a place for socialising and being with friends and family. So, I am sure we have all missed our times together.

Music connects us and studies suggest that listening to music can have the following positive effects on health - improves mood, reduces stress, lessens anxiety, provides comfort, improves memory and much more. With this in mind, we would like to create an opportunity of ‘coming together, virtually, to spread some joy and also to fundraise for Shopper-Aide, who have been doing a fantastic job in delivering much-needed supplies to those who are most vulnerable in our community.

We would like to propose that band members send in videos of them playing something that they have been working on or have been playing. For every video we put on the band page, the band will make a donation to Shopper-Aide. There is also a prize draw for a senior and junior player. Every player taking part will be entered into the draw.

To start us off, we have some ‘oldies’ experimenting with the technology. Hopefully, with some tweaking and adjustments, we’ll improve and do more. We also aim to have a full band video, so that everyone can take part.

Any questions, please contact us.

Stay at home – Protect the NHS – Safe lives

Can't hold us

I am sure we have all missed hearing the band and the players especially, have missed the joy of playing together. During these challenging times, more than ever, music can be an inspiration and comfort to many so although we cannot come together physically, we can virtually! Many thanks to all our players who took part in this virtual performance. We like to give special thanks to the guest players from Black Dyke Band for offering their time, to Amy Paterson for helping to set it all up and finally a massive thank you to David Cosgrove for the epic task of editing together all the individual videos. Enjoy!

Christmas Video

As Christmas approaches, we have all missed the sound of the band playing Carols outside Tesco and Co-op, at the Town Carol Service and at their all-singing-all-dancing Christmas concert! But don’t worry, all is not lost! Together with some very special helpers, members of Campbeltown Brass are bringing a little bit of Christmas cheer, especially to those who have been working on the front line, those who will be working over Christmas and for those unable to meet up with family and friends. We hope this little video will bring a smile to your faces and to let you know that we are all thinking of you! Share it with your friends, share it with your families and let music bring us (virtually) together.


Thank you to all the band members for taking part, to David Cosgrove for putting it all together and finally to members of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra – thank you for your support!

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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