THE FORFAR Instrumental Band is encouraging young people to take up music as a hobby and to eventually have the chance of participating at the highest levels.
This week, five youngsters who took that chance are enjoying a week’s residential course in St Andrews with the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland.
During this period of intensive study and rehearsal they will be playing in various groups with players of a similar age and ability tutored by some of the top players and teachers in Britain.
There will even be a composer in residence who has written pieces for each of the groups.
The Forfar contingent comprises Kyle Buchan (19) who is making his fifth visit and his brother Andrew (15) who is going back for the second time. Also there for the second time is Samuel Hill (13) while Baillie Brennan (13) and Chris Vannart (14) are first-timers.
They all play regularly in the Forfar Band and appear at all public performances. They have also taken part in a number of fundraising projects to raise a considerable amount towards their course fees.
Forfar Instrumental Band has a facility for helping youngsters who may be learning to play a brass instrument at school to make the transition into an established band.
The Bandmaster and several experienced players coach aspiring players for an hour before regular band practice on Tuesday evenings.
They play at Strathmore Cricket Club in Forfar and all interested young players are invited to come along this coming Tuesday at 6.30pm to see what’s going on.
Some of those who are currently attending are able to sit in with the band for part of the main rehearsal and have already turned out for some of the Band’s public performances.
So why not go along and give it a go? It is very likely that some of those already participating will be at the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland next year so maybe you could be too!