Campbeltown shows off best of brass

Members of the CBBz beginners' programme, front row, joined Campbeltown Brass's junior and senior bands, behind, at the concert.
Members of the CBBz beginners' programme, front row, joined Campbeltown Brass's junior and senior bands, behind, at the concert.

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Campbeltown Brass’s newest recruits showcased their musical talents at their first concert last week.

Members of the band’s CBBz beginners’ programme took part in their first live performance since they began learning the basics using plastic pBuzz instruments last April.

The youngsters moved on to brass instruments last summer and had hoped to share their progress at two concerts before Christmas but these had to be cancelled because of Covid restrictions at the time.

Members of Campbeltown Brass's CBBz beginners' programme: 'the stars of the future'.
Members of Campbeltown Brass’s CBBz beginners’ programme: ‘the stars of the future’.

They were joined at last Monday’s Campbeltown Town Hall concert by Campbeltown Brass’s junior and senior bands.

On display on the evening were the three trophies Campbeltown Brass won at this year’s Scottish Brass Band Association’s Scottish Regional Championships.

The trophies were for: winning band of the second section; best conductor of the second section; and best instrumentalist – soprano cornet Paul Bosworth.

Conductor Stephanie Kennedy said: ‘I am so unbelievably proud of each and every single member of the band.

‘CBBz started in the midst of Covid, but did they let that stop them? No!

‘Their resilience and cheeky, smiley faces have made each week working with them an absolute joy for me.’

Campbeltown Brass conductor Stephanie Kennedy with some of the band's silverware from this year.
Campbeltown Brass conductor Stephanie Kennedy with some of the band’s silverware from this year.

She added: ‘The youngsters in the band have continued to surpass my expectations as individuals and as band members. These guys are the stars of the future – and I can’t wait to see where they go.’