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Perth bands win top prizes

Members of the Perth and Kinross Junior School Band are celebrating after being announced the winners of the Scottish Brass Band Championships.

The band won the title of overall Preparatory Section winners at the event in Perth Concert Hall in December. They won a medal for each band member, a banner to hang in their rehearsal room and a £150 voucher to help pay for new instruments.

Andrew Duncan, development manager for the organisers the Scottish Brass Band Association, said: “The standard of this year’s festival in all sections was very high and it was great to see so many young players enjoying themselves.

“They had all put in a great deal of hard work to prepare for this competition, and the fun they were having on stage clearly came through in their performances.”

The preparatory section was for bands whose members are all aged 12 and under. Perth and Kinross Junior School Band were up against 10 other bands in the section. The runners up were Loanhead Brass Roots.

The competition was judged by virtuoso trumpet player John Wallace, the principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and virtuoso euphonium soloist David Childs. They said they were very impressed with the Perth and Kinross Band’s 10-minute mini-concert programme.

Other Perth winners during the two-day festival included Perthshire Youth Band, who gained a Gold Award and second place in the Senior Section, and Perth and Kinross Senior School, who won a Silver in the Development Section.


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