Campbeltown Brass musicians ‘a credit to town’

Stephanie Mitchell's gold-awarded junior band.
Stephanie Mitchell's gold-awarded junior band.

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A planned road closure meant Campbeltown Brass could not wait for the results at the Scottish Festival of Brass Youth Championships but the band’s players and conductors were no less overjoyed when they found out they received two gold awards.

In addition, Campbeltown Brass Intermediate, conducted by Katrina Barr, won the development section, while Campbeltown Brass Juniors, conducted by Stephanie Mitchell, were placed second in the preparatory section at the competition in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday.

The first placed intermediate band with conductor Katrina Barr.
The first placed intermediate band with conductor Katrina Barr.

The intermediate band played the set test piece, Prismatic Light, a tenor horn solo called Arirang – which featured horn soloist Andrew McMillan who received special mention from the adjudicators – and a hymn tune called Quem Pastores, finishing off with Bohemian Rhapsody.

The junior band played Cheesy Feet Rock, Stal Himmel, Fox Hunter’s Jig, Over The Rainbow and Final Countdown.

Afterwards Katrina told the Courier: ‘It was an incredibly long day but the result made it all worthwhile. The children worked so hard to prepare for the competition and it has paid off. They are a real credit to Campbeltown.’

Both bands were in Perth for a rehearsal at 9.30am, with the junior band competing at 11.15am, and it was not until 6pm that the intermediate band took to the stage.

With a planned road closure on their long route home, the band had to leave straight after the intermediates had competed, finally finding out their success at 9pm.

John Doyle spoke on behalf of the adjudicators during the results and said of Campbeltown Brass: ‘What an amazing sound the band makes, very mature, we loved the sound.

‘Really, really superb solo horn – I think there’s something in the water up there, because the solo cornet, the euphonium, the solo horn, the soprano cornet, they were so mature in the way they played.’

The trophy and medals will be collected this weekend when the Campbeltown Brass senior band returns to Perth Concert Hall for the Band Supplies Scottish Challenge.