Brass band summer camp creates a buzz about town

A pop-up concert was held outdoors at Quarry Green last week.
A pop-up concert was held outdoors at Quarry Green last week.

Want to read more?

We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Already a subscriber?
Subscribe Now

The sizzle of barbecues and chorus of calling insects are sounds synonymous with summer but this year it was the buzz of brass instruments that signified the sunny season in Campbeltown.

That was thanks to Campbeltown Brass and its summer camps held at Kirk Street Hall across two weeks earlier this month.

Over six days – from July 5 to 7 and July 19 to 21 – members of the band’s beginners’ programme CBBz, and new PBuzzerz recruits, some of whom are aged as young as five, as well as members of the training and intermediate bands learned lots of new music and developed their skills.

More experienced band members performed using a variety of brass instruments.
More experienced band members performed using a variety of brass instruments.

After just one day of the fun-filled music camp, Campbeltown Brass’s youngest members were already able to play along to the Queen song We Will Rock You which became a firm group favourite.

The musicians also worked on and performed popular music from George Ezra and Amy Winehouse as well as hits from The Greatest Showman movie.

Younger members used pBuzz instruments which are made of plastic and played by buzzing your lips together so they vibrate and blowing into the mouthpiece, perfect for learning the basic principles of playing a brass instrument.
Younger members used pBuzz instruments which are made of plastic and played by buzzing your lips together so they vibrate and blowing into the mouthpiece, perfect for learning the basic principles of playing a brass instrument.

The summer camp culminated in a pop-up concert at Quarry Green last Wednesday July 21 to showcase some of the songs the youngsters had mastered.

Family and friends were able to go along to the outdoors event and watch the young musicians in action from a safe distance.