A busy summer for young musicians

NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC: The six players who are at NYBBS pause for a rest on the sponsored walk to Corrie Fie.

NOT JUST ABOUT THE MUSIC: The six players who are at NYBBS pause for a rest on the sponsored walk to Corrie Fie.

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A GROUP of local youngsters are well into the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) summer course in St Andrews.

Members of the Forfar Instrumental Band have done the group and themselves proud by providing excellent representation over all sectors, as they have done for the past six years.

The players come from Dundee, Kirriemuir and Forfar and make a very valuable contribution to the Band at the many varied engagements that are fulfilled each year.

Five of the players have been to the summer course before and it is Kyle Buchan’s sixth consecutive appearance. At the other end of the scale, youngest players Oscar Holm-Huxley from Dundee and Samuel Hill from Forfar are only 13 and already seasoned players.

The players in each of the three bands undergo five days of intensive rehearsal and group tuition under a team of highly experienced and respected teachers and players of brass instruments. This culminates in a series of concerts on the final Saturday.

Forfar Instrumental Band encourages young players and would like to see more of them in the Band or receiving preparatory tuition to enable them to join in.

The Band also helps out with the course fees for NYBBS by arranging many different kinds of fund raising activities with the young players taking an active part. A good example of this is a sponsored walk. This year they went to Corrie Fee at the head of Glen Doll.

It was a great day out for everybody and it raised over a third of the amount available to assist them.