Campbeltown Brass ensembles sweep the boards

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Campbeltown Brass took all the top spots in the ensemble classes at the Scottish Brass Band Association’s West of Scotland Solo and Ensemble Competition on Saturday October 26.

In both junior and intermediate solo competitions there were 18 entries – nine of which were from Campbeltown Brass.

Adjudicator Anne Crookston expressed the quality and high standard throughout all sections and specified that she did not award any bronze prizes as the level of playing was so good.

Conductor Stephanie Mitchell told the Courier: ‘I was extremely proud of every single member of Campbeltown Brass who performed at the competition last weekend. Myself and Katrina Barr really do appreciate the commitment from all the parents and children, and the ongoing hard work that has always been behind the scenes for more than 30 years.’

The first four in each section qualify for the Youth Solo and Ensemble Finals on February 8, 2020, in Howden Park Centre in Livingston.

Results: Junior ensemble: 1, GOLD: Campbeltown Brass B (Hannah McCaig, Kirstie Renton, Mae Barr, Mia MacLaren, Flint-Phoenix Barrett); 2, SILVER: Campbeltown Brass A (Cara McFadzean, Annie Watson, Gemma McCaig, Emma Oman); 3, SILVER: Campbeltown Brass C (Charlie Colville, Gregor Craig, Taylor McMillan, Ben Cunningham, James Barr).

Intermediate ensemble: 1, GOLD: Campbeltown Brass A (Drew Cunningham, Kyle Paterson, Jack Campbell, Caius Walker, Scott Oman); 2, GOLD Campbeltown Brass B (Rona Campbell, Charlie Colville, Jack Campbell, Jamie Colville, Andrew Colville); 3, GOLD: Campbeltown Brass C (Hannah McCaig, Drew Cunningham, Liam Bennie, Beth McPherson, Emily Bennie).

Junior solos: 2 Charlie Colville, 4 Hannah McCaig.

Intermediate solos: 1 Kyle Paterson, 3 Jack Campbell, 4 Andrew McMillan.

The musicians posed for photographs with adjudicator Anne Crookston, taken by Linda Anne Cairns, some of which are shown here.