British Bandsman Issue 6034 digital - Page 4

NEWS page 4 british bandsman Stage set for Scottish Championships Around 1500 brass musicians from 54 bands will be descending on Perth Concert Hall on March 7 and 8 to compete for the honour of representing Scotland at the National Brass Band Championships later this year, but also to celebrate a milestone anniversary of music making. The Scottish Brass Band Association marks its 125th anniversary in 2020 and the Perth contest forms one of a programme of monthly events to commemorate this special year. SBBA represents 115 senior, youth, school, community and children’s bands from the furthest corners of the country – from Stranraer to Shetland and Lewis and Harris to Lochgelly. Events planned to celebrate the 125th anniversary include • Easter National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) school (April 7-10) • Scottish Senior Solo and Ensemble finals (May 30) • Roadshow of Learning (north – June 13 and south – September 5) • Glasgow Canals Festival (July 25) Perth Concert Hall will welcome the 2020 Scottish Championships which take place on March 7 and 8. • • • • NYBBS summer school and concert series (August 2-8) Brass Blast! – come and play (October 24) Scottish Festival of Brass (November 21 and 28-29) SBBA celebration event (TBC). Formed in July 1895, it is believed that the Scottish Brass Band Association is the oldest established organisation of its kind in Europe as no other similar representative groups were in existence at the time. Tickets to the Scottish Championships can be bought at the concert hall on the Saturday and Sunday, priced at £13.50 (concessions £11.50) including £1.50 booking Joe to cook up a storm with Whitburn Since relocating to Norway, he has continued his career as a freelance tuba soloist, conductor and teacher. He has conducted Fjell Brass and Krohnengen Brass Band, and conducted Manger Musikklag to victory at the Oslo Brass Festival in 2018 and 2019. Whitburn Band is to welcome Joe Cook as its conductor at the forthcoming Scottish Championships as it seeks to reclaim the title in Perth Concert Hall. Joe said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Whitburn at the forthcoming Scottish Championships. It is a real privilege to work with a band with such a rich and successful history, and one that continues to strive for excellence.” As the principal Eb bass player with Black Dyke Joe won the British Open, National Finals and the European Championships as well as touring the world as a renowned solo performer. Charlie Farren, chairman of Whitburn Band, said: “We are all looking forward to the Scottish Championships in this, our 150th fee per ticket per day. Current Scottish Championship title holders are the cooperation band from Glasgow (Championship), Kirkintilloch (First Section), Newmains and District (Second), Irvine and Dreghorn (Third) and Barrhead Burgh (Fourth). Carrie Boax, SBBA president, said: “Get involved and share what’s happening as part of your Scottish Championships journey. “We want to see your photos and comments. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @TheSBBA – tag us and use the hashtags #sbbaevents #sbbavolunteers #sbbaedu- cates.” Joe Cook will conduct Whitburn in Perth. anniversary year. “Joe is a very talented musician and we are delighted he will be taking us to the competition.” Looking for the latest news from the brass band world? Log on to or keep in touch via Facebook and Twitter!