Proud mum sings the praises of the NYBBS summer school

Monday 9 August 2021

There’s no doubt about it, last week’s NYBBS summer course at Strathallan was an overwhelming hit – not just with the students but also with the musical directors, tutors, organisers, backroom staff... and parents.

One mother in particular took to the airwaves to sing the praises of the event, citing her son’s pleasure at being part of the whole Scottish youth brass music scene.

Jennifer Docherty from Glasgow told the listeners of the Mark Forrest show on the classical music station Scala Radio what a wonderful week bass trombonist Mark Gammon had had with fellow young instrumentalists at the summer school.

The week-long course ended with a four-hour concert by the three NYBBS bands – Children’s, Reserve and Senior – which can be viewed on YouTube at

She pointed out how brass banding had become such an important part of his life and that he had accepted an invitation to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in September.

Jennifer wrapped up the interview by choosing her requested piece of music, the Sempre Fidelis march by Sousa.

You can listen to the whole radio chat between Mark Forrest and Jennifer on Scala Radio at at the 2 hours 26 minutes mark.

The line-up of trombones in the NYBBS senior band, of which Mark Gammon was a member, under the musical directorship of Ian Porthouse. Photo credit: Jim Doyle

 Please note: All the photographs from the NYBBS 21 summer school are now available in the Galleries section of the SBBA website. Many thanks to photographer Jim Doyle for the pictures.


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