Dalmellington pupils take part in Scotland’s largest school of brass bands

Two talented young musicians from Dalmellington joined 150 fellow musicians from Scotland’s largest brass band school.

Lillie McCluskie and James Wilson (pictured) recently attended the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland (NYBBS) residential summer course at Strathallan School from July 31 to August 6.

They joined other musicians from across Scotland who descended on the small Perthshire village of Forgandenny.

Carrie Boax, course co-ordinator and chair of the Scottish Brass Bands Association, said: “It is a real honor and privilege to know that at the end of the week our music directors, tutors and pastoral staff will have done a little but positive difference in the musical journey of every young person who attends our summer school and has helped them create memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.

The NYBBS featured players between the ages of 9 and 22, divided into three groups – kids, reserve and senior.

For brass and percussionists, who attended NYBBS 2022 from as far away as Shetland and Stranraer, the focus was on fun and the full learning experience.

Sectional practice sessions, masterclasses and full orchestra rehearsals gave students the opportunity to make some serious music, while ‘out-of-school’ events brought a livelier element. during.

Outdoor activities included swimming, rounders, scavenger hunts, movie nights, soccer, “NYBBS Got Talent,” and a silent disco.

The NYBBS Summer School is supported by funding from Creative Scotland through its Youth Music Initiative. Thursday saw an open house for young brass who may be considering joining NYBBS.

The event allowed potential contestants to spend time with other musicians of the same age, while being guided by top-notch musical directors and tutors.

Speaking ahead of the day, Scottish Brass Band Association (SBBA) education manager John Boax said: ‘The day will be particularly beneficial for any young person considering joining the NYBBS band.

The fruits of NYBBS players’ hard work over the week were showcased at two end-of-course concerts at the Albert Halls in Stirling on Saturday afternoon.

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