West of Scotland BBA
Future Events for West of Scotland Band Association
Saturday 26th October Area Solo & Ensemble Contest
in Kilmarnock Salvation Army - details to follow
Brass@Bards 2014 - provisonal date Saturday 22nd March - to be confirmed
Secretary Raymond Thomson firstname.lastname@example.org
Brass @ the Bard's 2013
Contestants and Performance Times
Novice Section (commences 11.00)
1. Coalburn Bronze
2. Levern Valley Community Brass
Preparatory Section (commences 11.50)
1. South Ayrshire Youth Brass Band B
2. Riverside Youth Preparatory Band
3. Gorbals Youth Brass Band
4. KIrkintilloch Junior Band
Development Section (commences 13.15)
1. South Ayrshire Youth Brass Band
2. Kirkintilloch Youth Band
3. Creetown Junior Band
4. Argyll Brass
Senior Section (commences 15.00)
1. Dalmellington Junior
2. Riverside Youth Senior Band
Awards at 15.50
You should be at the venue in good time for your performance.
SN Percussion Ltd Instrument Hire
(Based in Livingston, West Lothian)
Tel: 07711 956308 e-mail: email@example.com
Brass at the Bards Youth Contest
Sunday 24th March
List of Percussion provided:
Majestic Timpani x 4 (23", 26", 29", 32")
JAM Glockenspiel (2 ½ Octave, Wide Bar)
Adams Xylophone (3 ½ Octave)
Yamaha FRP Orchestral Snare Drum (13") & Stand
Majestic Concert Bass Drum (32")
Dream Energy Clash Cymbals & Cradle (18")
Dream Energy Suspended Cymbals (16" & 18")
Dream Chau Tam Tam & Stand (32")
Pearl Export 5 Piece Drum Kit with Zildjian ZXT Pro Cymbals
Trap Trays x 4
The contest will be held within the dramatic new Burns Birthplace Museum. This is the first time we have used this facility, and ask for your patience and forbearance should any unexpected difficulties arise. For the benefit of your bus driver's satellite navigation system, the full address is:
Burns Birthplace Museum
There is sufficient parking for 5-6 buses at the Museum complex, with overflow parking available at Burns Cottage (800 metres away).
The Contest Area
The contest will be held in an outdoor roofed area at the rear of the main building. It will be excellent if the weather is fine, as well as dry if it rains. However, if conditions are cold on the day, your players should wear appropriate clothing.
Warm-up will be on-stage, prior to performing, and each band is allocated up to five minutes for this.
Because of pressure of space, your band should immediately return instruments and other equipment to your bus, so you should ensure that you have your diver's mobile number.
Players and Adult Tickets
Bandsmen's Wristbands are available at a cost of £2. Accompanying Adult and Child
Wristbands are available at a cost of £5 and £2 respectively. All of these include
entry to both the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the Robert Burns Cottage.
You should note that, for entry to the Museum or Cottage, those under the age of 16
must be accompanied by a responsible person. Wristbands should be ordered from
me soon (with the appropriate payment) for them to be available on your arrival. This
will also help the Museum caterers with their numbers.
This should be sent to me by 15 March.
You should note that my address is slightly different from that on the web-site:
Professor Raymond Thomson
82 Templeton Street
G40 1EE Telephone 0141 552 0282
RESULTS of West of Scotland Solo & Ensemble
Kilmarnock Salvation Army Saturday 27th October 2012
Adjudicator Anne Crookston - Accompanist Alan Hastie
Name & Instrument - School/Band - Draw - Result
Iona McVicar-Horn Campbeltown Brass 1 - Gold - 2nd place
Amy Paterson-Flugel Horn Campbeltown Brass 2 - Gold - 3rd Place
Emma Blain Dalmellington 3 - Silver
Lucy Kerr-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 4 - Silver
Morgan Tait-Cornet Airdrie Academy 5 - Bronze
Erin McLellan-Cornet Castlehill PS Campbeltown 6 - Bronze
Sarah Jamieson Dalmellington 7 - Bronze
Caius Walker-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 8 - Bronze
James Walker Dalmellington 9 - Bronze
Archie McVicar - Eb Bass Campbeltown Brass 10 - Gold 1st
Suen Yee Walker-Baritone Campbeltown Junior Brass 11 - Silver
Olivia McCutcheon Dalmelington 12 - Silver
Band/School - Draw
Campbeltown Junior Brass B 1 - Silver - 2nd
Dalmellington 2 - Gold - 1st
Campbeltown Junior Brass A - Bronze - 3rd
Name & Instrument - School/Band - Draw
Tanya McDonald-Cornet Campbeltown Brass 1 - W/D
Paul Jamieson-Cornet Dalmellington 2 - Bronze
Fiona Kennedy-Cornet Dalmellington 3 - Silver
Lynsay Brown-Cornet Dalmellington 4 - Gold - 1st
Innes Roy-Euphonium Campbeltown Junior Brass 5 - Gold - 3rd
Rachel Jones-Cornet Dalmellington 6 - Gold - 2nd
Beth Mitchell-Horn Dalmelington 7 - Silver
Owen Pickering-Trombone Campbeltown Junior Brass 8 - Silver
Rebecca Wilson-Cornet Dalmelington 9 - Gold
Jayne Crawford-Cornet Caldervale High 10 - Silver
Clair Getchell-Euphonium Caldervale High 11 - Silver
Dalmellington 1 - 190
Name & Instrument - Draw - Result
Scott Kerr-Newmilns & Galston-Euph 1 - 190 - 3rd
Amy Leitch - Co-operative - Cornet 2 W/D
Calum Tonner-Kirkintilloch-Cornet 3 - 196 - 1st
Duncan McLuskie-Dalmellington- Bb Bass 4 - 188
Chris Robertson-Kirkintilloch- Euph 5 - 191 - 2nd
Message from Carrie Boax President of WOSBBA
It is with great delight that I am pleased to announce that Raymond Thomson has accepted the invitation to stand as secretary for our association. I am certain that Raymond shall be a valuable asset to the committee and look forward to working together our future projects.
West of Scotland Band Association committee at 20th January 2012
Honorary President - James Stewart
President - Carrie Boax
Secretary - Raymond Thomson
Treasurer - Jean Mullin
Committee - Tom Allan, Andrew Smith, Peter Fraser, Robert McCorkell, others to be co-opted.
Report on West of Scotland Brass Band Association Open Workshop with Philip Harper
The workshop with Philip Harper on 14th January went very well, only disappointment was the number of people who attended. About 60 people in all attended over the morning and afternoon sessions, this excellent workshop was organised jointly by the West of Scotland Band Association and the Scottish area of the National Association of Brass Band Conductors, but many more bands could have benefited from the excellent presentations from Philip Harper.
The West of Scotland Association would like to thank Brian Deans for his organisation of the workshop, which was organised for all bands in Scotland. Thanks also to the Johnstone Silver Band for their contribution.
Peter Fraser has kindly agreed to represent The WOS on the SBBA executive, Brian Deans recently stepped down from WOS committee, thanks to Brian for his hard work and dedication to WOSBBA whilst in post as secretary since May 2011. His driving force is a loss to the organisation and we wish him every success for the future.
On Saturday 14th January 2012 the West of Scotland Brass Band Association is promoting an Open Workshop
for bands throughout Scotland covering two of the chosen test-pieces for the Scottish Championships 2012.
The event will be held in The National Piping Centre in Glasgow and the guest for the day will be Philip Harper the composer of the 3rd section work, Olympus. As well as covering his own composition, Philip will also be working on Cross Patonce by Goff Richards, the choice for the 2nd section.
A morning session (10.30 - 12.30) will work on Cross Patonce and an afternoon session (1.30 - 3.30) will be on Philip's own music Olympus. It's planned each work and will include preparing and rehearsing the piece, points of interest from both adjudicating and conducting aspects and an insight into the background of the work.
The No.6 Area of the NABBC is helping to promote the event and there will be breakout sessions for members of the Association.
The Workshop is open to all interested parties, players and conductors, and both Associations are keen to encourage a large attendance for this unique experience of working with the composer of one of the set works.
For further information contact West of Scotland BBA Chairman Carrie Boax on firstname.lastname@example.org
RESULTS of the Solo & Ensemble contest held on 29th October 2011
1. Levern Valley Community Brass
1. Iona McVicar (Campbeltown Brass)
2. Jayne Crawford (Caldervale High School)
3. Ewan Howie (Levern Valley Community Brass)
Archie McVicar (Cambeltown Brass)
Innes Roy (Campbeltown Brass)
Emma Bannatyne (Campbeltown Brass)
Owen Pickering (Cambeltown Brass)
Kirsten Souter (Campbeltown Brass)
Morgan Tait (Dunrobin Primary School)
Louise Sneddon (Dunrobin Primary School)
Erin Jones (Dalmellington Juniors)
Rowan Cook (Caldervale High School)
Emma Blain (Dalmellington Juniors)
1. Campbeltown Brass Juniors
2. Dalmellington Cornets
3. Campbeltown Brass Trombones
1. Rebecca Wilson (Dalmellington Juniors)
2. Lynsey Brown (Dalmellington Juniors)
3. Erin McSporran (Campbeltown Brass)
4. Rachael Jones (Dalmellington Juniors)
Aimilia Chute (Campbeltown Brass)
Keiran Purdie (Dalmellington Juniors)
Andrew Barclay (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Hannah Godfrey (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Gabriele Brownlie (Levern Valley Community Brass)
Sally Chute (Campbeltown Juniors)
Amber Dunn (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Fiona Kennedy (Dalmellington Juniors)
Christopher McCloy (Levern Valley Community Brass)
Eilidh McKenzie (Irvine & Dreghorn)
Beth Mitchell (Dalmellington Juniors)
Euan Mitchell (Dalmellington Juniors)
1. Dalmellington Basses 92 points
1. Amy Leitch (Irvine & Dreghorn) 96 points
2. David McLean (Dalmellington Juniors) 95 points
3. Duncan McLuskie (Dalmellington Juniors) 93 points
Committee remember there is a Meeting on Monday 3rd October in Paisley Scout Hall at 7.30 p.m.
Area qualifying event for the Besson Solos & Ensembles competition.
REMINDER The closing date for entry is Friday 7th October
The qualifying event this year will be held on Saturday 29th October 2011 in the Salvation Army Hall, Sturrock Street, Kilmarnock KA1 3AH.
The adjudicator has been confirmed as Allan Ramsay and the accompanist as Alan Hastie.
The first 3 in each section will qualify for the 2012 Finals to be held in Livingston in February.
The order of play will be as follows:
1. Under 12's Ensemble
2. Under 16's Ensemble
3. Under 21's Ensemble
4. Under 12's Solo
5. Under 16's Solo
6. Under 21's Solo
The competition will commence at 11.45am with the warm-up area being available from 11.30am.
The closing date for entry is Friday 7th October 2011.
This is also the closing date for adjudicator copies of solo and ensemble music. If you wish to use the services of the official Accompanist can you please ensure that piano accompaniments are also submitted by this date.
There will be a piano available for those soloists using their own accompanist and a CD player will be provided for those using a CD accompaniment.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the competition please do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail to email@example.com
West of Scotland Brass Band Association
Minute of Committee Meeting - 15 August 2011
Barrhead Sports Centre
1. Welcome and Apologies
The President opened the meeting by welcoming everyone along to the first meeting of the new committee.
Carrie Boax, Jim Stewart, Jean Mullin, Peter Fraser, Tom Allan, Andrew Smith, George Mullin and Brian Deans
2. Financial Report
The Treasurer gave a brief summary of income and expenditure.
3. Minutes from Previous Meeting of 16 May 2011
Proposed by Jean Mullin, and seconded by Andrew Smith
4. Matters Arising
There were no matters arising
5. Solos & Ensembles
Allan Ramsay confirmed as Adjudicator and Alan Hastie confirmed as Accompanist.
Entry fees were set at £5 for solos and £10 for ensembles. Admission will be £2 and £1 and there will be a Donation Programme.
Dates for sending out and the return of Entry Forms were agreed, as was the date for sending in music and accompaniments.
Catering was confirmed.
Possibility of a Trade Stand being set up and souvenir photographs was discussed.
JS and AS to check the number and whereabouts of Trophies.
6. Area Brass Band
It was decided that CB and BD should accept an invitation to attend the WoSSO/WoSCB concert on Tuesday 30 August. This will give them the opportunity to meet with the Trustees of the WoS and report back at the next meeting.
A number of different models for the formation of a band were discussed.
7. Youth Band Contest
Co-op Funeralcare had approached BD about the possibility of them sponsoring a Youth Band Contest in the West of Scotland. A meeting was arranged at which a number of ideas were discussed. It was agreed that this was an excellent opportunity and that BD should continue the dialogue and report back at the next meeting.
A discussion took place about availability of Grant Funding took place. More information to be requested.
Date and time of next meeting: Monday 3 October at 7.30pm - Venue: Scout Hall, Paisley (TBC)
NEWSLETTER from Secretary Brian Deans
This is just a note to let you know that, with your help, the West of Scotland Brass Band Association is attempting to rise from the ashes!
At the recent AGM a new President and Secretary were appointed, Carrie Boax as President and myself, Brian Deans, as Secretary. Along with the rest of the committee we are determined to make it a success but we can only achieve this with the support of all member bands.
I think we can all agree that the days of Strathclyde Charities etc. etc. are behind us and the focus is very much on junior and youth bands. As well as continuing our very successful Solo & Ensemble competition, the committee have decided to look at the feasibility of holding a Youth Contest for bands throughout the country perhaps incorporating some kind of masterclass/workshop. Please forward to me any ideas you may have regarding this initiative.
There is also some devolved funding available through SBBA for youth projects. We are aware of some very successful work carried out in recent years in this respect and we would hope to support further ventures. If you have any plans for workshops/masterclasses etc can you please send me details of your project to enable the committee to make a decision on how the devolved funding can be disbursed fairly throughout the WoSBBA area.
Next Area Association Meeting - Monday 15th August 2011 at 7.30pm Venue - TBA
WoSBBA Solos & Ensembles - Saturday 29th October 2011 Venue - Salvation Army Citadel, Kilmarnock