SBBA boost for Newmilns and Galston Brass Academy

Friday 22 June 2018

The Newmilns and Galston Band is the latest member organisation to benefit from The Scottish Brass Band Association’s (SBBA) long-term investment in youth development.

The 'Youth Band Start-Up' Scheme, funded through SBBA’s partnership with Creative Scotland's Youth Music Initiative (YMI), forms part of the 'Access to Music Making' programme.

John Boax with members of the Newmilns and Galston committee


A number of instruments were presented to band representative Phillippa MacDougall and senior committee members at Newmilns by SBBA Education Officer John Boax. The ‘goal’ is to attract new players to their recently launched Newmilns and Galston Brass Academy.

John Boax commented: “SBBA was delighted to secure £90,000 of funding through this scheme earlier this year - one that recognised our proactive approach to encouraging a new generation of young brass band players throughout the country through six different projects.”

John added: “It was great to be able to support yet another band taking the right steps to secure a long term, sustainable future for themselves and we look forward to hearing the first notes being played from the Newmilns and Galston Brass Academy in the near future."