Connecting during the Corona crisis – Newland Junior Band

Friday 24 April 2020

In our continuing series on how Scottish bands are staying connected during the Coronavirus pandemic, we take a look at Newland Junior Band:

Newland Junior Band offers young people an opportunity to play as part of a group and meet young musicians from other schools. The band registered with SBBA in 2010 and took part in the Scottish Youth Championships over the next few years, gaining bronze and silver awards.

In recent years, it has concentrated more on concerts, raising thousands of pounds for different charities including Cancer Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and CHAS.

The band regularly plays for the residents of care homes in West Lothian and at community events. Members have taken part in the NYBBS summer schools and international youth music camps and many players have progressed onto the senior band – Newland Concert Brass.

In normal times, Newland Junior Band rehearses on Mondays from 6.20pm to 7.30pm at Bathgate Partnership Centre while the beginners rehearse from 6pm-7pm.

During this current situation, members have been having fun trying out new pieces at home along with backing tracks.  

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