Lochgelly Band percussion and community brass initiatives take off

Monday 6 May 2024

This weekend saw the conclusion of Lochgelly Band’s series of open rehearsals and 'come and play' days for its two new groups, the Central Scotland Percussion Ensemble and Lochgelly Community Brass.

On Saturday, the percussion ensemble hosted an open rehearsal which culminated in a mini concert showcasing the entertaining range of music members have been working on over the past few months.  Items included Paint It Black, Taiko Drums and – in a special nod to May the Fourth! – Cantina Band from Star Wars Episode IV. 

CSPE is a group that offers experienced percussionists from across Scotland the opportunity to come together in a social setting, connect with other percussionists and rehearse and perform music specially-crafted for percussion ensemble. 

Yesterday it was the turn of Lochgelly Community Brass to host a 'come and play' day in which the group welcomed more new faces and was also delighted to see players who had been to previous open rehearsals in attendance again. 

Led by tutor Jess Purbick, principal tuba player with Lochgelly Band, the group rehearsed and performed pieces including Super Trooper and Let Me Entertain You. 

Now that this exciting new venture has welcomed so many new players with a wide mix of abilities, it is planned to hold regular rehearsals that are structured to ensure both beginners and more experienced players get the most from their experience.

For more information, you can emal the Central Scotland Percussion Ensemble at cspe@lochgellyband.co.uk and the Lochgelly Community Brass at lcb@lochgellyband.co.uk


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