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Tuesday 14 February, 2017

The Coalburn Brass Band organisation will make a flying start to 2017 as it looks forward to what promises to be the most memorable year in it’s long history.

On Thursday 2 March, all four Coalburn ensembles will take part in a concert at Woodpark Primary School, Lesmahagow. The concert will feature music from the Children’s Band and Coalburn Bronze Band conducted by David Fehilly. Members of the Coalburn Percussion Academy, featuring a number of younger musicians, will join them, making their first performance under their tutor, Gordon Miller. Also appearing will be the Coalburn Intermediate Band, which will preview its programme for the Scottish Championship Section 4B performance with new conductor Jayne Brownlie. Finally, the Silver Band will play Scottish Championship test-piece, The land of The Long White Cloud conducted by Gareth Bowman. Over 70 musicians now make music within the Coalburn Brass Band organisation and this is a fabulous opportunity to hear them play in one concert. Tickets are £5 and payable on the night, doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The Silver Band will then head to Perth to compete in the Scottish Championships on Saturday 11 March, when it returns to the competition in the 1st section. The Intermediate Band will also be taking part in the Scottish Championship weekend, when it will play in the Section 4B contest on the Sunday afternoon. The band will play a short programme of concert music on the Perth Concert Hall stage.

The Silver Band is also privileged to have received and accepted an invite to appear in the Challenge Section at the European Brass Band Championships in Ostend, Belgium in late April. This is the premier brass band contest on the continent and the participation of Coalburn is the pinnacle of the band’s contesting history. Band President Alan Court commented: “We are honoured and thrilled to be representing Scotland at the forthcoming European Brass Band Championships. It was a late invitation but the band members felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and accepted. We are already well into the planning and need to raise significant funds to allow us to attend.”

For more information about the band, visit www.coalburnsilverband.co.uk